When #MeToo Becomes #YouToo by E G Ryan
The entities that enabled sexual harassers are now charged with cleanup. But will their pursuit of symbolic victories and ‘zero-tolerance’ policies cause more problems?
by E. G. Ryan
….In 2016’s “The Case of the Missing Perpetrator,” Rebecca Solnit examined the way language erases male malfeasance. Pregnancy, rape, and sexual abuse are often treated as events that happen to women, not things that men do to women.
“Men are abstracted into a sort of weather,” Solnit writes, “an ambient natural force, an inevitability that cannot be governed or held accountable. Individual men disappear in this narrative and rape, assault, pregnancy just become weather conditions to which women have to adapt.”
…It turns out people are far more happy about women speaking up than they are comfortable with something happening to the men the women are talking about.
Every woman who is “speaking up” is speaking up about somebody.
For every #MeToo, there’s a “#YouToo.” Or, in some cases, “#YouToo?!”