Behind the #Metoo

By: Taylor Nguyen & Omonie Richardson (Juniors)

Following many sexual assault claims and unwanted sexual advances in Hollywood, the #metoo movement has encouraged survivors to share their stories.

Creator of the #metoo movement, Tarana Burke, formed a platform in 2006 after speaking to a young girl, who was a victim of sexual assault.

Burke said, “When you experience trauma and meet other people that have a similar experience, and you show empathy for each other, it creates a bond.”

Currently, the movement has launched tremendously throughout a variety of networks with public figures who feared the consequences of coming out with their experiences.

Harvey Weinstein, American film producer, went viral after many public figures claimed sexual allegations against him. The claims have ranged from unwanted touching, forced sexual acts, and rape.

TV Journalist Lauren Sivan said, “You have to understand, he was a titan in Hollywood. He could ruin people’s careers if he didn’t like you.”

Unfortunately American Actress and Singer, Gwyneth Paltrow, admitted Weinstein helped spark her career yet fell victim to being sexually harassed by him.

Paltrow stated, “I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified.”

Evidently, it’s understandable why revealing such information to the public could potentially be dangerous.

Sivan said, “No more secrets, no more lies — no more silence that money buys!”

Furthermore, famous figures have embodied the ending to silence and recognized women’s voices who spoke out recently at the Golden Globes taken place on January 7, 2018.

American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey said, “When that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men,”  “The day when nobody ever has to say ‘Me too’ again.”

Adding to the moral support, black was worn by figures, who attended the award show to convey unity and authority. Along with a statement against the epidemic of sexual harassment.

We introduced students and faculty to the movement and its message by revealing a video regarding its establishment and intentions.

“It’s a topic a lot of people are afraid to talk about,” Junior Visual Arts Amy Rychener said. “Absolutely, anyone can relate to it because it happens everywhere even without anyone noticing.”

English teacher Crystal Lennix said, “Yes, I think it’s bringing awareness to a lot of people and just giving them the knowledge that it just didn’t happen to them.”

Lennix wrote #metoo across her facebook status and revealed how supportive it was, as vulnerability can be a gateway to making connections.

Lennix said, “So, I think that initially it can be triggering because you’re like oh shoot. I don’t think I’m ready to read this, but then it’s more like you gain sisters and brothers by hearing their stories.”

However, some people denounced the movement’s intentions and reputation.

An open letter signed by a group of 100 french women said, “Rape is a crime, but insistent or clumsy flirting is not an offense, nor is gallantry macho aggression.”

However the movement is perceived, the mission still remains the same. Sexual assault can be a difficult and heartbreaking thing to talk about, but talking through the pain can be a growing experience for many.  

My body is not a hotel room, my body is a home. A home that belongs to me. I am not a weekend getaway. You will not make a vacation out of me. Solidarity is the key, to ending this epidemic. To ending this expectation of silence from the assaulted.  In solidarity, is how we stand. Together hand in hand.  In solidarity is how we fight.  In solidarity, is how we let all those who have been subjected to indignities and offensive behavior and are expected to take every second of it to make a living, know that they have visibility and dependability. Time’s up, we’re rising.

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The Golden Globe Awards tweeting and quoting Oprah’s speech below Ivanka Trump’s tweet supporting the #TIMESUP organization and Oprah’s speech.  

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