We fabricated a so-called ‘modern’ world, where everything is flawless but everyone is messed up, where people rule, but humanity is somewhere lost, but from there, came the trend ‘me too’.
From Twitter to Facebook, social media is at present, ringing with horrific yet powerful; sickening yet hard-hitting accounts of people who have faced sexual harassment and abuse. Their stories question our notion of the modern world and force us to rethink our perception of ‘Being Human’.
The ‘Charmed’ actor Alyssa Milano on Sunday (October 15) posted a screenshot that said “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.” She further tweeted, “If you have been sexually harassed or assaulted write “me too” as a reply to this tweet”.
The tweet comes in wake of the recent ‘Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment case’ where several celebrities, had reported that they were sexually abused by the producer.
“The fact that these women are starting to speak out about the gross misconduct of one of our most important and well-regarded film producers, is incredibly brave and has been deeply shocking to hear. The way Harvey Weinstein has treated these vulnerable, talented, young women is not the way women should ever deem to be accepted in any commonplace or workplace” said Kate Winslet.(source)
Milano’s tweet spread like a wildfire and received immense support from the masses and celebrities alike. Mallika Dua also came forward to share her gut-wrenching story.
Two small words, ‘Me too’ have taken the internet by storm. They are enough to address the magnitude of the problem that we are facing and the staggering number of people who have been victimized.
Previously, ‘Not all Men’ and ‘Yes all Women’ had sparked a Twitter debate which was discussed heatedly. However, we need to understand that it is not a gender debate. Whether it is men or women, sexual harassment is not limited to a specific gender, it can happen to anyone. We need to get over our personal biases and maintain a neutral stand to the think about the problem at large; to think how our system has failed in bringing about justice and how we have failed ourselves in bringing about a change.
It requires courage to stand up and confess. Every ‘Me too’ written, has a powerful backstory. Let it not go waste, let us all take a stand against sexual abuse.