Is #MeToo Only For Women? Should It Be?
Abby Franquemont
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Great piece. I think one of the problems is that while men are less likely to experience sexual harassement and assault, the conversation about it is proportionally even smaller. For women, this awareness campaign is probably the most effective & widespread one so far, but it’s hardly the first. Yet for me, it’s the first one that got me to think about & contextualise the 5 separate occasions over the past 10 years where men showed their interest in me by grabbing my groin or shoving their hand down my pants, something I can only assume happens even more frequently to men who actually identify as gay.

I’m still not sure if this is the right moment to address it, but it is something to keep in mind going forward. And if there’s going to be a good faith campaign which explicitly includes men, it’s going to have to be (partially) initiated by women, otherwise it will almost inevitably be misconstrued as an attempt to shift focus and silence female victims. There’s a lot of cynicism out there, perhaps understandable, but not always helpful.

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