The Torch

  • Athletes of the Week: VOLLEYBALL: Ariana Steighner; BOWLING: Jack Cowan & Alexa Haas; CROSS COUNTRY: Nicholas Sanchez

  • Athletes of the Week: GOLF: Brooks Lamb & Jordyn Huberman; SWIMMING: Christopher Rodriguez & Falyn Housenbold

  • Students of the Month: Savannah Shepley (fr.); Felipe Feliciano (sph.); Ethan Litman (jun.); Kaitlyn Camicia (sen.)

  • Teacher of the Month: Lauren Guagno; Non-Instructional Employee of the Month: Affonso Junqueira

Filed under Features, Showcase

The Origins of The #MeToo Movement

Actress+Alyssa+Milano+has+reignited+the+%23MeToo+movement+to+bring+awareness+to+sexual+assault+and+harrassment.
Actress Alyssa Milano has reignited the #MeToo movement to bring awareness to sexual assault and harrassment.

Actress Alyssa Milano has reignited the #MeToo movement to bring awareness to sexual assault and harrassment.

Actress Alyssa Milano has reignited the #MeToo movement to bring awareness to sexual assault and harrassment.

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Sexual harassment has been going on since the age of womanhood, but it seems that only recently that it is being taken seriously and that the harassers are finally being held at least somewhat accountable.

On October 15, actress Alyssa Milano reignited the social media “#MeToo” social media campaign wherein women who have been victims of sexual assault or sexual harassment post the “#MeToo” phrase to their social media accounts in order to bring attention how widespread and commonplace both sexual assault and sexual harassment are. Since then, millions of people – including men – have used the hashtag to come forward with their experiences, including many celebrities.

The “#MeToo” campaign went viral in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein, Twitter reports that more than 1.7 million women and men have used the hashtag in 85 countries. In Italy, women rallied behind a version called #Quella VoltaChe which means to “That time when,” while French women trash their harassers by name under #BalanceTonPorc which translates to “snitch out your pig.”

“#MeToo” was created over a decade ago by female activist Tarana Burke, who works with Girls for Gender Equity and founded Just Be Inc., organizations focused on empowering women of color, according to a report on cnn.com. She launched the hashtag after her own experience with abuse kept her from helping a traumatized young girl.

“I could not find the strength to say out loud the words that were ringing in my head over and over again as she tried to tell me what she had endured,” Burke wrote on her website. “I couldn’t even bring myself to whisper…’me too.’”

Though Burke sees #MeToo as a movement, she admits that the hashtag’s popularity ebbs and flows. “I’ve seen it happen over and over again in small waves, but to see it happen enmasse has been pretty amazing,” she told CNN.

“People want concrete ways to be part of a solution, and that’s where the #MeToo movement needs to go,” said Kristen Houser, chief public affairs officer at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. “Talking about victimization doesn’t end victimization,” she said. “We need people to intervene. We need whistle-blowers. Parents need to be great role models. Ask your school, church, civic organizations and youth sports clubs to be proactive. Walk the walk in your own home.”

“This could be a watershed moment if this connects the dots,” National Association of Women president Toni Van Pelt said. “Connect the dots from a culture of male authority and patriarchy to the fact that women do not get equal pay; connect the dots to birth control and abortion that is being kept from women.

“Because if women are in position of authority, they will help stop the submission of other women,” Van Pelt continued. “So that men can’t corner them, can’t force them into sexual acts, because women won’t need the financial stability.”

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




*

Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • The Origins of The #MeToo Movement

    Features

    Cannabis Industry Becoming Mainstream

  • The Origins of The #MeToo Movement

    Features

    Stressed Out? Try These Suggestions in Order to Better Cope

  • The Origins of The #MeToo Movement

    Features

    21-Year Old Is U.S.’s Youngest Face Transplant Recipient

  • The Origins of The #MeToo Movement

    Features

    Some Schools Bringing Back Cell Phone Bans

  • The Origins of The #MeToo Movement

    Features

    Studies Indicate New Magnetic Brain Therapy Can Eradicate Suicidal Thoughts

  • The Origins of The #MeToo Movement

    Features

    Thinking About an “Educational Tour”? A Little Advice Before Shelling Out the Big Money

  • The Origins of The #MeToo Movement

    Features

    Should Teachers Share Personal Details with Students?

  • The Origins of The #MeToo Movement

    Features

    Gun Control Debate Is As Old As The Good Ol’ USA

  • The Origins of The #MeToo Movement

    Features

    Can Current Teen Activism Turn Out the Youth Vote?

  • The Origins of The #MeToo Movement

    Features

    The Psychology of Bilinguals Thinking in Different Languages

The award-winning student news site of Olympic Heights High School
The Origins of The #MeToo Movement