#MeToo. A call to break silence.. A call to be heard. A call for secrets and whispers to be said aloud.
Yes. Social Media is being flooding with #MeToo and numerous stories of sexual assaults harassment that (mostly)women and men had been through in life. This was a call to be vocal about what had happened or at least be loud and clear that it happened.
The thought behind the first tweet by #AlyssaMilano was to give people the sense of the magnitude of the issue. Well.. to me the magnitude of the issue was known and the issue is nothing unheard of. The magnitude is not alarming.. not shocking. Yes it existed and it exists.
What was new with the #MeToo ? To me nothing much.. I could see new names attached fit into the stories I already knew.. Celebrities sharing their ordeal of how they had to succumb to pressure of power, fame and fortune.
Did they sound new to you? or was it just that you did/didn’t expect the name of your favorite actor?
My city had a share of this awakening during the #Suchileaks episode. A few celebrities shared their stories with and without names then too.. And how they were forced to accept it as a part of growing up to fame in the film industry.
Sure Harvey is shamed and would be sued.. Does it bring an end to this so called “adjust/ shut up to survive” culture?
I read through the stories shared by many individuals from different countries and culture. Were they eye openers? No.. not to me.. Well the horrifying stories and the responses to the encounters were the same across the globe.. the response to an assault or harassment by most women or men were they keep quiet and dealt it within oneself. Some shared it with friends.. And the friends in turn took the chance to speak out their ordeal. Pathetic.. Ain’t it?
In reality.. What does this hashtag culminate in?
Does the magnitude make us accept this issue as a norm? It reinforces the fact of many being powerless when confronted with an assault. The stories emphasizes the insecurities the individuals are faced with. The moments of helplessness of an individual to safeguard oneself are unpleasant and disturbing.
Do we see solution after this overwhelming response of #MeToo? Do we feel safer?
What do we fight for? How do we fight against? Clueless…