Thursday 18 October 2018

#MeToo fools us into thinking we've solved problem of abuse

Women should come together to tell stories but men should be forced to admit blame

'Nothing will change until the consequences, social or legal, are too great for men to risk it.' (stock photo)
'Nothing will change until the consequences, social or legal, are too great for men to risk it.' (stock photo)

Ciara O'Connor

My Facebook timeline is usually an interminable list of other people's weddings, babies, Prosecco and passports at airports. Last week it became a gruelling litany of sexual assault with two mundane little words: 'me too.'

Conceived of 10 years ago by activist Tarana Burke, this went viral when actress Alyssa Milano tweeted: "If everyone who had ever been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote 'Me too', we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem."

It quickly became a meme, and then a movement, as millions of women added their names to the list. The conversation may have started with Harvey Weinstein, but the message is that it's much bigger than him, than Hollywood; it always has been.

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