#MeToo Affects The Legislature, Too

Alyssa Milano

And as #metoo is proving, the abundance of women affected worldwide suggests we should all take note. Newsfeed on Facebook and Timeline on Twitter are flooded with #MeToo posts.

But, if you haven't been a victim of harassment or assault, she doesn't recommend a post using the hashtag #metoo, even if you're just trying to support. I hope more people continue to talk about any harassment or abuse or assault that occurred. Not just one, but several actors have made accusations against the Hollywood film producer of assaulting them. For too many millennia, we have accepted a world where women are property, where women are victims.

In the two weeks since The New York Times published its explosive report on Weinstein's alleged sexual acts toward women, he was sacked from the Weinstein Co., which he co-founded, expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and his wife, Georgina Chapman, announced she was leaving him. But until now, all of this was hush-hush and no-one was vocal about calling out Weinstein for various reasons. The actress and activist initiated the movement to encourage victims of #sexual assault and/or harassment to share their stories and to shed light on the matter of sexual violence. That is why I have fought to elect more women to this house. Many have suffered more than others but nearly all of them face situations that are ugly. My friends' take was mostly political: that America has heard enough from white people.

By saying "Me, too", women are inviting their male colleagues to say with them: Not anymore. That's probably the reason why Alyssa Milano chose to not talk about it earlier.

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A few years ago, sports journalist Pat Caputo surmised that "I'm sorry" and "I apologize" might be "the most overused words in the English language". As the girl walked away, and Burke could see the damage she had done by rejecting her story, she said she couldn't bring herself to say what she was thinking: "Me, too". This is the beauty of a movement like #metoo, if approached with compassion, you invite compassion to come back your way. Further analysis of the data illustrates that reports by women about their experiences of violence show much similarity to men's reports of perpetration. What matters is if women really are being harassed or assaulted more often and in more numbers than many realize, and if the circumstances of these incidents so often make it hard for women to speak out. Not that this is something good. Most importantly, to all victims of sexual harassment and abuse, remember it is not your fault. "What is surprising is how people are surprised by the numbers".

For those, however, who feel like they're drowning in #MeToo, Burke had this advice: "Disconnect, don't feel guilty about it". Or that they shouldn't have.

Let's start today to make a difference. While all these conditions have contributed to the success of the social media campaign, it is depressing to realize that had all these conditions not be prevalent, the campaign would not have gained traction. While acknowledging the power of social media campaigns, one can't help but question the limits of its impact.

This online burst of awareness followed in the wake of Harvey Weinstein's dismissal from his own production company and expulsion from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after over a dozen women accused him of sexual misconduct.


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