4 days ago
It's not "trendy" or "cool" or "attention seeking." Belittling the #metoo movement is a perfect reflection of exactly why it is so important.
Determining that it's not worthy of a conversation, or comparing it to other injustice is like responding to the #blacklivesmatter movement with "all lives matter." It totally misses the whole point. Today at a coffee shop, I had to listen to a woman laughing and making a joke of this today. Just let it sink in. If your initial reaction is to be annoyed or aggravated by it. Ask yourself, why is that exactly?
It is absolutely no coincidence that you have come across several women in your life with this hastag in the last 24 hours. I hope you're alarmed. For a woman, this is "normal." The reason for that? It has become so deep rooted as a part of culture and as a societal norm.
This must change.
And the first step to change? Admitting that it is not okay. Ultimately, none of these women HAD to speak up. It may be one of the bravest things they have ever done. For many, this is bringing up some old wounds, things they try to hide deep down, to avoid it at all costs. To not feel that feeling and to avoid reliving whatever experience it may have been for them.
For those women, myself included, you're fucking brave.