Maybe a social media movement isn’t what survivors asked for, but it’s definitely bringing attention to a problem that’s too often ignored.
Want to play a game that’s both exciting and sobering?
Click through your female friend’s Facebook profiles and count how many posted “me too” as their status yesterday.
The results will shock you.
For me it was nine out of ten profiles. And the one that didn’t have “me too” hadn’t posted anything thing since last week. To be honest, as a woman in this society and a fellow “me too” poster, I wasn’t surprised at all by the magnitude of the hashtag.
In fact, I was more surprised by the statuses saying they couldn’t believe so many of their friends had been sexually assaulted and/or harassed. I also wouldn’t be surprised if some guy wearing a “make American great again” cap, while sitting in his gamer chair in his mom’s basement posts a status saying some of these “me too” posts are fake or are women “trying to get attention.”
In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, actress Alyssa Milano tweeted on Sunday, “suggested by a friend: If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote “Me too” as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem. If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.”
Since then the two words have spearheaded a movement that shines light on the gravity and volume of sexual assault and/or harassment.
It’s also not just women posting “me too,” men are also coming out with their stories of being sexually harassed. Other men are outing themselves as past assaulters, providing stories from their past that made them realize they were actually part of the problem.
Maybe a social media movement isn’t what survivors asked for, but it’s definitely bringing attention to a problem that Hollywood, tech and many other industries have swept under the rug before. There are even posts in relation to the “me too” movement saying you don’t have to post if you don’t want to—the purpose of the post is to help survivors, not single them out.
It’s annoying that it took an army of Facebook posts to get people to rethink their actions, but hey, at least we got something.
The amount of people posting “me too” is something you can’t look away from, miss or just ignore away. Facebook is showing more than just Hollywood stars coming out as victims, but also your friends and family.
This isn’t anything new to most women; one in five women will be raped in their lives. This may be eye-opening to some man seeing his sister, aunt, and all his female friends posting “me too,” but this is just another day for us gals.
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