How Many Women Have Posted #MeToo On Your Timeline?

alyssa milano #metooIf you thought the #MeToo updates on social media is a salvo of solidarity that women have been showing, here’s a reality check. Of the 10 women I spoke to who have not posted this on social media, 4 of them have been sexually assaulted or harassed. There are many women out there who cannot talk about it or who are scared to talk about it.
Delhi girl Sakshi wonders if she should consider her encounters in the DTC buses as something of a worry. “Delhi girls are used to it”, she says. This is the gravity of the problem and speaks volumes about the #MeToo problem that women face on an everyday basis.
Allegations of assault against Harvey Weinstein led to many, many leading ladies of Hollywood coming out to speak of their experiences with the man. The list of allegations against the perpetrator is seeing a steady rise. This led actress Alyssa Milano to tweet a note that said, “Suggested by a friend: If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote “Me too” as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.”
This is what she posted:
If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 15, 2017

Ever since, #MeToo has been trending and it’s going strong. Ever since, thousands of women have tweeted #MeToo, which shows the gravity of the problem. However, note that not all women have posted anything yet. If you are someone who is still gathering the courage to post about it, read this one:
I almost felt too ashamed to post, but that’s the whole point of this: don’t. It was never your fault. #MeToo
— Miss Twin Peaks (@abattoiring) October 16, 2017

If you are someone who wants to help women around you, refer to this intersting advice.
When it comes to the #MeToo movement, I see men wondering what they can “do to help.” This is my list.
1. Be quiet.
2. Listen.
3. Learn.
4. Lead/teach young men by example.
5. Stand up to friends and family who act in an abusive manner.
6. Stand behind women, not in front.
— Nathan Thompson (@natepthomps) October 16, 2017

The common refrain is that women have been abused by people they have trusted such as friends and relatives. It has also brought to light a videotape that shows US President Donald Trump boasting of groping women. Clearly, where we are talking of equal rights for women, basic security remains a concern. This must change for women. Investing in the education of women, and the right education for your boys would be a start in the right direction.
What do you think about this? Let us know in the comments below. We hope technology will allow more women to voice their opinions as well as give them a platform to share with other women. That’s what TechThirsty aims to be as well.
Oh, and just a word. #Metoo

 

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