Social Media has the power to do immense things. Reunite lost ones, start movements, and keeps us updated via first hand accounts, just to name a few. Today we’ll focus on that movements bit.
Within a matter of a few days, social media has been taken by storm with two simple words.
Social media has been a pedestal for women to discuss their own stories ever since The New York Times published an investigative report, in which there were years and years of sexual assault and rape allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
Started by Alyssa Milano, in wake of those string of sexual assault allegations against the prominent Hollywood executive, of which Milano is another victim. The #MeToo campaign looks to highlight how commonplace sexual harassment and assault can be.
If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet. pic.twitter.com/k2oeCiUf9n
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 15, 2017
And soon, over the past weekend, facebook, twitter, and even instagram were blowing up with this hashtag. Thousands of women (and men) began sharing either just those words or their own terrifying stories. Celebrities and common folk alike.
Twitter, in particular, is backing this movement by promoting it on its platform even further. In a statement they made a week ago, twitter stated that it was “proud to empower and support the voices on our platform, especially those that speak truth to power.”
We are really elated that this movement is going viral, and is bringing more attention to this issue.
— Christian Lutolf (@ChrisLutolf) October 15, 2017
— Careen Shannon (@careenshannon) October 15, 2017
— MuslimWomensAlliance (@MWAChicago) October 16, 2017
i support every girl posting #metoo but it’s important that there isn’t shame for the people who can’t state personal experiences publicly.
— hannah marks (@hannahmarks) October 16, 2017
2,850 comments & counting.This is a devastating thread.Really powerful read. Hope people find some solace from seeing they are not alone🙇♂️
— Jason Fleegle (@FleegleJason) October 15, 2017
Me, too. At 22 By an Old,White, Wealthy owner of a business I was employed😡He was a 'deacon' in his church😏#AnEveryDayFight👈🏻👈🏻
— #I'mWithHer💘 (@bj141cox) October 15, 2017
— Gautam (@gautammahajan11) October 16, 2017
I include unauthorized touching/groping/grabbing, etc. as assault and unfortunately it’s happened numerous times.#Metoo
— Agent ☠️ Scully 🇺🇸 (@AgentScullyGR) October 15, 2017
Me too. Harassed, several times.
Like *every* woman I know.
Women who've "only" been harassed, not assaulted, consider ourselves lucky. 😕
— Jyn Erso 2017 🇵🇷 (@JynErso_2017) October 15, 2017
Me too. I don’t know if means anything coming from a gay man but it’s happened. Multiple times.
— Javier Muñoz (@JMunozActor) October 15, 2017
Reminder that if a woman didn't post #MeToo, it doesn't mean she wasn't sexually assaulted or harassed. Survivors don't owe you their story.
— Alexis Benveniste (@apbenven) October 16, 2017
I have never seen anything so amazing as what we started today with #MeToo. This is the beginning of a revolution. Strength and compassion.
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) October 16, 2017