The hashtag got its powers from a simple idea. Alyssa Milano had the idea to start #metoo from a friend, for women and men alike. Surely this step enabled all to share their stories, simply identify as a victim, or know that they are not alone.
May be people like Harvey Weinstein will be in credits for such a trending tag! But the world begs to differ. #metoo is not just a mere tag it is a revolution against sexual harassment.
Started by Alyssa Milano #metoo, the Charmed actress spoke out in support of her former co-star Rose McGowan, who made allegations of rape against now-disgraced Hollywood heavyweight, Harvey Weinstein.
If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet. pic.twitter.com/k2oeCiUf9n
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 15, 2017
Men alongside women are sharing their horrific experiences of sexual violation and harassment on social media platforms using #metoo. What does #metoo mean?
The hashtag got its powers from a simple idea. Alyssa Milano had the idea to start #metoo from a friend, for women and men alike. Surely this step enabled all to share their stories, simply identify as a victim, or know that they are not alone. She wanted to use the hashtag to let others know how rampant the problem is. Within no time, the hashtag was trending online, lending a silent message of support to all those who faced similar hardships.
#MeToo wasn’t just mushrooming on Twitter. When browsing on Facebook the feed was filled with netizens acknowledging publicly that they, too, had experienced harassment or assault. Some shared their stories, some simply posted the hashtag to add their voices to the fray. And it wasn’t just women: Men also spoke up about their experiences with assault. Actors including Anna Paquin, Debra Messing, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, and Evan Rachel Wood joined in. The writer Alexis Benveniste used it to remind people that the messages they were seeing were only the tip of the iceberg. For every woman stating her own experiences out loud, there were likely just as many choosing not to do so. Javier Munoz, best known from his performance in Hamilton, also used the hashtag, adding that it happened multiple times.
Reminder that if a woman didn't post #MeToo, it doesn't mean she wasn't sexually assaulted or harassed. Survivors don't owe you their story.
— Alexis Benveniste (@apbenven) October 16, 2017
The phrase has seen more than 200,000 instances by October 15, and tweeted more than 500,000 times by October 16. The hashtag is viral with almost 12 million posts on Facebook till date.
The power of #MeToo breaks the silence of the individuals against harassment and transforms it into a movement. Unlike many kinds of social-media activism, it isn’t a call to action or the beginning of a campaign, culminating in a series of protests and speeches and events. It’s simply an attempt to get people to understand the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault in society. To get women, and men, to raise their hands. Together!
We shall not practice or encourage such acts meanwhile also not be quiet with the same! #metoo has made sure we stand up for what is right and address the incidents that dent our confidence and respect as human beings. Thanks to Milano, who allowed many men and women, both famous and not, to have a very powerful voice and show the world that sexual harassment and assault is not to be taken lightly, showing victims that they have the right to be heard.