Anti- ‘Me Too’ Hash Trend Advocates Seeking to Minimize Sexual Harassment Against Women; Tag Was Never About Rape Only – ‘Me Too’ Trend Is Not Suggesting that All Women are Weak, All Men are Sexual Abuser – Me Too Is Not a Witch Hunt
Since the advent of the “Me Too” trend on Twitter, which began around October 2017, I’ve seen two or three of the same criticisms directed against it.
One of which is that “Me Too” somehow cheapens or diminishes more “serious” types of sexual harassment. About the only “serious” form I’ve seen raised by “Me Too” critics would be rape.
First of all, the “Me Too” hash trend started in response to the many news stories of workplace sexual harassment that began (but certainly did not end) with movie producer Harvey Weinstein.
Weinstein not only forcibly performed oral sex on some of his victims, but he also would masturbate in front of them.
The “Me Too” trend was never limited to rape only or intended to be about rape only.
I am stumped as to why many critics of “Me Too” (which unfortunately usually includes my fellow conservatives) keep wanting to insist that “Me Too” only covered rape, or that it should only be used to bring attention to rape.
If that were so, than Alyssa Milano, the actress who re-popularized the use of the Me Too hash on Twitter, should have just renamed it “#Rape” or “#RapeIsBad.”
But addressing the rape of women by men was not the scope of the project. It was never meant to be.