The “me too” club. This is a club I wish had zero members.
So why are women posting on Facebook the words “me too?” Because we’ve all been prey to sexual harassment, sexual assault and worse. To the women who haven’t had these things happen, you’re lucky and an anomaly. I sincerely hope times are changing and you never find yourself confronted with a situation like this. Most women I know have experienced unwanted sexual advances, cat calls, touching, kissing, groping, staring, stalking, or rape. It’s not okay and it’s never been okay.
In the 1960s and 1970s, during the era of Peace & Love and Disco, it wasn’t okay. It wasn’t okay in the 1950s when advertising men worked on Madison Avenue. Before those times, it wasn’t okay. And now, 2017, it still is not okay to harass or manipulate or touch women, whether in a job interview or in a situation where a man is trying to get to know someone. Consent matters.
“Listen up, creeps of Hollywood. We know who you are . . . Women talk to each other. And we talk to journalists. And we talk to lawyers. It’s 2017. We don’t have to put up with this shit. We are coming for you.” — Samantha Bee, “Full Frontal”
Obviously, this is extended to other industries besides Hollywood/entertainment. It happens in fashion. Politics. Finance. Law. Medicine. Academia. Education. Restaurants. The military. Even Therapy! I was sexually harassed by my supervisor in the therapy world! How’s that for sick/ironic?
It happens at all levels of work, in all classes of society, in every race. Women are not safe from harassment. Women are not safe from assault, either.
So, now what?
Women will hopefully start feeling the power of other supportive factions. Those of us who have come out may be crucial influencers for helping others share their stories. We need to listen and offer support when someone tells us a “me too” story. We also have male allies who listen and believe us, as well as call out their friends or coworkers when they see this happening.
This is a short post, and another voice in the movement to come out against men like Harvey Weinstein, Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly, Anthony Weiner, Bill Clinton, Brock Turner… We talk, we stand up, we won’t allow these people to do this anymore.