Social Media and the #MeToo Hashtag
Spreading around the social media world in a frenzy, the #MeToo hashtag has caused some confusion.
So, what does it mean? Well, anyone keeping up with the latest Hollywood news will be familiar with the Harvey Weinstein scandal circulating and worsening each day.
For those who are unfamiliar with the story, here is a quick recap. Weinstein is a very famous and influential film producer with a lot of power in the entertainment circuit. In the last few weeks, many an actress (nearing almost 40 now) has come out against him, speaking of his sexual harassment in one form or another.
This unification has led to a string of accusations, with many women detailing their harrowing experiences at the hands of the producer.
The #MeToo hashtag is an extension of this unification. Originally, it begin circulating on social media, a declaration from women who have faced similar experiences. The sad reality is that the #MeToo hashtag applies to the majority of females on the planet (and many a male also).
So, why in this day and age are we still afraid to speak out against predators? There are two reasons, power and fear.
Power: Power is a terrifying thing and many try and attempt to justify the abuses of power they have had to ensure in order to progess with their lives and succeed.
Fear: Fear that you will not be believed and your complaint disregarded.
It is a truly terrible combination, especially when looking at this particular case and all of the women who have spoken out, all too afraid that their careers would suffer and even more worringly that noone would believe them.
The #MeToo hashtag continues to encourage, shaking away the ‘shame’ and enabling women to come forward in their masses.
Everyone has a #MeToo story and the more we condemn the perpatrators of these stories and speak out against them, the less of a norm these stories will become. No person should ever fear for their personal integreity, no person should ever feel unsafe.