Is #MeToo Only For Women? Should It Be?
Abby Franquemont

Perhaps a good many men who like myself were sexually interfered with at a young age are reluctant to admit it. It would be, in the world of men, not a very manly thing to admit to.

In addition men frequently rape other men, generally not just one on one but gang rapes in all kinds of institutionalized settings. Admitting such is always very difficult and never mind that society really doesn’t want to hear or read about it.

Telling a man to take his hands off a woman is something I have done on several occasions, but telling another man to take his hands off a man can lead to an act of violence against the man interfering with the rape as well as the victim, this is particularly true in the matter of gang rapes. I have also told a man to cease his activity and I did prevent sexual misconduct with an unwilling man. In the end I was ostracized in the institutional environment I was in. It is a tough row to hoe for men and women in this particular situation.

Just like women, men are reluctant to mention a rape on themselves, and just like women the actions of the law are pathetic; and just like women the men are often blamed because they are effeminate in what is often a very small way.

Most men lack understanding when it comes to trans-gender persons, trans-gender is different than trans-sexual because every person of whatever binary type is somewhere on a graph between the two types. Such as myself.

I really have only stories to offer and not a solution. I have endeavored to do my part, but I always feel it is not enough.

Some political entities have reduced the differences between men and women by enforcing a a gender neutral dress code, but this is not the solution and doesn’t stop sexual harassment.

Not a violent or particularly physical person I have often had to resort to using violence to protect myself and others. I regret this, but I felt at each time I had no other choice.