This trend created some confusion on the internet. I didn’t understand it myself until I did some research.
When I found out what it really meant, I was really upset. I found out that any woman who has been sexually assaulted or sexually harassed were supposed to post this on their social media for the world to see.
Now, sexual assault is one thing. I do not condone that behavior what-so-ever. Yet, to say that sexual assault is just as bad as sexual harassment is a stretch. To me, there is a huge difference between being catcalled while walking down the street and some of the descriptions of assault we have seen in the news in recent months.
So where did women posting #metoo draw the line between assault and harassment? They didn’t.
I also am frustrated that some women just wanted to get involved and put the blame on men. Yet, in my life, I have observed that most men in this society are good people. False accusations and blanket statements can ruin lives and reputations. Also, stereotyping all males as possible attackers will only cause more division in a pretty divided world. We cannot forget that.
I know that this may seem odd coming from a woman, but those few days that women were posting “#metoo” (especially women who I knew first-hand did not have such horrid experiences with men), I was embarrassed to have been associated with them based on my gender.
I am not alone in my fears that the #metoo movement went too far by having some people simply jumping on a bandwagon, and by not differentiating between harassment and assault. For further reading visit this site: Columnist Questions Whether Viral #metoo Movement is Going too Far.