MeToo Movement: women’s voices on sexual harassment
Since Sunday afternoon, you probably noticed some women you know, don’t know, met once in your life or friends of a friend, posted on facebook or twitter “Me too”. The idea was given by actress Alyssa Milano in order for women to have a sense of the magnitude of the problem: sexual harassment.
During a long time, it was taboo to talk about your sexual harassment story, it would be something private, something to be ashamed of. Twenty years ago it would be hard for us, women, to think about a women who had suffered from this awful assault and, nowadays, it is hard to think of a woman who hasn’t. The issue became more public and less taboo but not at all let serious or harder to deal with.
But the true power of Metoo movement is to break the silence women were kept in so long while they were afraid on how would it look, what would people think, if they would say it was their fault or if they would still have a job if they said something.
Activist Tarana Burke is actually the woman behind ‘Me Too’, and has been for about a decade. ‘It made my heart swell to see women using this idea – one that we call ‘empowerment through empathy’ to not only show the world how widespread and pervasive sexual violence is, but also to let other survivors know they are not alone. The point of the work we’ve done over the last decade with the ‘me too movement’ is to let women, particularly young women of color know that they are not alone – it’s a movement.’
Luckily, this is only the first step in order to end this world of sexual predation and assault to women and men, uncovering the problem what makes it revolutionary in it’s own way.
source picture 1: metoomonologues
source picture 2: stopsteetharassment.org