#MeToo and What It Means

Madison Townsend, Staff Writer

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The two word hashtag “MeToo,” has spread viral, with deep meaning behind it. The hashtag was used across all social media platforms in October of 2017. Its meaning is to discredit sexual assault and rape. The hashtag started after all the accusations of sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood director, starting coming into perspective, and it empowered victims to come out and tell their story. A social activist, Tarana Burke, supported and encouraged women to tweet out the hashtag in order to try and crush misogyny. Many famous actors came out to tell their story about being a victim of sexual harassment in Hollywood. Over half a million women have tweeted out #MeToo, to show the true depth of sexual assault. #MeToo has more than just the purpose to stand up for sexual assault, its also used to stand up against misogyny, so many women are degraded on a day to day basis for small things.
Women and even men who attended the Golden Globes, wore all black in recognition for the #MeToo movement in hollywood. Some women wore red however, which stood for “cultural meanings,” according to Meher Tatna, she also stated that “when you have a ceremony, you dont wear black.” Harvey Weinstein is the center of attention when it comes to being the suspect of sexual assault and rape, over 84 women have accused him of it since October. Although, the movement is very controversial and some people, including women, agree that it is being taken to far, but some believe it has not been taken far enough. French actress Catherine Deneuve says it has gone way to far, and she claims that the new movement goes against French traditions of seduction. Actress Rim-Sarah Alouane was very disappointed in Deneuve’s comment, so she backlashes with her own. Alouanes tweet said, “Very disturbing statement by French actress Catherine Deneuve. Normalizing sexual harassment is dangerous and irresponsible. Shame on her and the people who supports this. You are part of the problem,” that tweet got over 500 retweets. 177,700,000 women have reported that they have been sexually assaulted since 1998, and #metoo has given many women courage to stand up against sexual assault, since the movement, 12 million people have had the courage to come out and tell their stories!
TIME magazine has named the “Silence Breakers” of the movement, People of The Year. France has also joined in on the MeToo movement, but their hashtag is #BalanceTonPorc or Expose Your Pig. It was created by Sandra Muller, who was recently sued for accusing a man of sexual misconduct. An actress, Brigitte Bardot, criticizes the Me Too movement and anyone involved, saying they are all “hypocritical, ridiculous, and without interest.” #MeToo is a hashtag to spread awareness against sexual assault and sexual harassment, primarily in the workplace. US gymnastics coach, Larry Nassar, has been sentenced 60 years for child pornography, and 45-100 years for sexual abuse against is gymnastics patients.

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