Just So We’re Clear, #MeToo Was Started By A Black Woman + The Stories Women Have Shared
If you thought the news of Harvey Weinstein and the larger more important discussion of sexual assault and sexual harassment was going to be relegated to last week, you’re wrong. After some women decided to boycott Twitter, others chose to use the platform to speak out about the issues of sexual assault and harassment in this country. And today, the hashtag #MeToo features everyday women who are sharing their stories of sexual assault and harassment or just acknowledging the fact that they’ve been affected. Actress Alyssa Milano is being credited with creating the hashtag; but in actuality, it was started 10-years-ago by consultant, blogger and advocate Tarana Burke.
#metoo It has been amazing watching all of the pushback against Harvey Weinstein and in support of his accusers over the last week. In particular, today I have watched women on social media disclose their stories using the hashtag #metoo. 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. It’s beyond a hashtag. It’s the start of a larger conversation and a movement for radical community healing. Join us. www.metoo.support 📹: @sirxavv 2014 March Against Rape Culture Philadelphia, PA #metoomovement #yourenotalone #itsamovement #empowermentthroughempathy
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