Hello, my feminist friends!
As many of you who use Twitter know, #MeToo has been popping up everywhere the last week. This hashtag encourages survivors of sexual harassment to come out and share their stories, uplifting others who never could. #MeToo sprung seemingly in reaction to Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault survivors speaking up about what he had done.
However, a decade ago Tarana Burke actually started the Me Too movement, and you can read more about that here.
What I want to talk to you about today, though, is the significance of this movement. Without disregarding Burke’s work, we can look at the movement as a whole and share stories to empower other survivors (yes, men can be survivors too) of sexual harassment and start to change the conversation surrounding sexual assault.
#MeToo is about sharing the interpersonal stories of horrible acts, because it can help someone. Someone out there who knows you knows now that you can relate to something they went to. That’s a powerful thing.
Most of the women I know have been sexually harassed in some form since they were teenagers (and younger.) I volunteer one weekend a month and work directly with sexual assault survivors: holding their hand in the hospital, talking to them, helping them to heal.
I work in a domestic violence shelter, where a lot of survivors often were sexually harassed as well.
I see this every day. I know how strong these survivors are.
#MeToo highlights the strength that our world has to uplift each other. We can make a change simply by saying two words.
I encourage you, my feminist friends, if you are comfortable– write out the hashtag, repost a picture, encourage someone to show their strength.
Sexual harassment, by definition, is: harassment (typically of a woman, but not always) in a workplace, or other professional or social situation, involving the making of unwanted sexual advances or obscene remarks.
#MeToo is a way for people to start a conversation around SH and SA. This is important; it’s a conversation worth talking through.
Let’s do it together.
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