Me Too Campaign: Define Your Terms!
Name Calling and Assault Are the Same Thing?
I don’t have a problem with rape victims speaking out against their offenders. Rape is a horrible crime, one that was punishable by death in the US until the 1970s. I do, however, have a problem with the #MeToo campaign, and it’s not about the grammatical error they make. (It really should read: “Me, too.”)
You may have seen the “Me Too” campaign making the rounds on social media sites the last few days. It was started on Twitter by actress Alyssa Milano who tweeted: “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.” She received tens of thousands responses to the tweet, and the hashtag #MeToo has been all over Facebook and Twitter.
The original tweet called for women to speak out if they have been subject to either sexual harassment OR assault. These are two very different crimes. Lumping the terms together makes both of them lose meaning. The “movement” must define its terms, or they risk rape no longer being taken seriously as a crime.
Sexual harassment is defined as: “harassment (typically of a woman) in a workplace, or other professional or social situation, involving the making of unwanted sexual advances or obscene remarks.”
This means harassment could be something as innocuous as getting catcalled. I don’t care how many feminists claim they can be raped by words, getting called names is not the same as being physically assaulted.
It was this failure to define terms that propagated the 1 in 5 lie told by former president Obama. He claimed that 1 in 5 women are sexually assaulted on college campuses, a statistic gleaned from a poorly worded, self-reporting internet survey. A survey which defined having sex while intoxicated as rape!
The truth is women on college campuses are safer than their peers of the same age off campus. Why are feminists not outraged about these lies being told to women?
The #MeToo campaign claims to be raising awareness for sexual assault victims, but by putting harassment and rape on the same level of offense, they are just getting further from reality. They are inciting fear and hysteria without cause. The reality is that rape has been declining since the 1990s.
Women are safer now than they ever been. And yet, this campaign sees the need to highlight a declining issue, when there are so many problems in our society that are actually on the rise.
Someone could be retweeting “Me Too” simply because they were asked out on a date by a guy they didn’t like. How does this help legitimate rape victims?