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#MeToo is an important step forwards for the feminist movement.
Respected celebrities coming forward with stories of sexual assault, helping showing that these are not rare cases of misconduct but an unfortunate reality of everyday male behaviour. This is has given many women the confidence to come forward with their stories and stand up to harassment.
Unfortunately, since then, #MeToo has quickly devolved into something much less positive.
Initially, these were genuine cases of harassment and assault, but many of the recent #MeToo stories have been closer to a difference of perspective rather than genuine crimes or acts of immorality. Examples of these situations usually include people misreading situations, never becoming actual assault.
We also began seeing newspapers actively look for cases of sexual misconduct. Because of this, the #MeToo movement has lost a lot of credibility.
The #MeToo movement needs to be affective at educating men, but instead we’re seeing it become a platform to tell bad dating stories. The #MeToo movement was meant to help people step forward, and the people who need to step forward have now largely lost the confidence to do so.
I hold the #MeToo movement very close to my heart and do not want to see people lose confidence in it.
In 2017 a couple of events occurred that made me open my eyes to how sexual harassment and assault has been normalised in society. Last year, someone I care about was sexually assaulted by three men (who filmed the attack), who seemed unaware their actions were wrong until the police became involved – this ultimately made me realise how ignorant a lot of society are.
It’s painful to see people using the #MeToo movement as an excuse to tell bad dating stories, whilst others have faced genuine horrors as a result of how uneducated men are within our society.
Men need educating. Not just for ourselves, but to look for misconduct amongst our friends and family. Together as a society we can grow and learn, which is why we need these unspoken voices to educate us.