#MeToo: A Movement for All

Olivia Garver '19, Staff Writer

October 2017 was when the #MeToo movement became a phrase known across the US, but for founder Tarana Burke, the past 12 years have been devoted to this movement. Not until Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual assault by more than 70 women did the #MeToo movement catch on—but why so long?

Sexual harassment is far too common in the lives of women of every background, but is just now being widely talked about as a problem. When the Weinstein news came out, more and more women started to feel safe enough to talk about their experiences with assault in a world that constantly dismisses them. This not only includes local stories, but wider-reaching cases such as Matt Lauer, Ed Westwick, and Ben Affleck.

The Hollywood cases are extremely important for everyone to be aware of, but men in all professions must be held to the same moral standard as these entertainers. The #MeToo movement even has implications in American politics: Donald Trump, George H.W. Bush, Roy Moore, and Al Franken have all been accused of sexual harassment. The principles behind #MeToo should not be a controversial topic. Regardless of political party, elected officials should demonstrate respect for women.

There has been backlash to the #MeToo movement, since a few women have been accused of dishonesty in sharing their stories. However, dismissing the #MeToo movement is dangerous to our society’s progression into a world where we are finally starting to see men and women as equal.