#MeToo negative side effects

The Accidental Negative Side Effects of the #MeToo Movement

It’s been a banner year for the #MeToo movement, with a now staggering list of men in power facing sexual assault and rape allegations. And in May, media mogul Harvey Weinstein turned himself over at last to the police, and social media exploded with the victorious cries of survivors of sexual violence worldwide. It was undoubtedly a huge step in the eyes of the brave people who finally felt safe enough to speak out after years of silent shame. However, there may have been some unfortunate side effects in the aftermath of the #MeToo movement’s success, despite its excellent intentions. #MeToo was, in part, supposed to break the silence and stigma of sexual violence, and yet it’s possible that for many, it has done the opposite.
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Women in media

Women in Media and The #MeToo Movement

10 years ago, a black activist named Tarana Burke started a movement in order to encourage females to be empowered through empathy. When the Harvey Weinstein case emerged, it brought with it a surge of emotions that had been laying dormant in women all over the world. These women had been quiet for far too long. Burke wanted to get one thing clear and that was that almost every woman on the face of the earth, no matter what minority or majority she belongs to, has been a victim of sexual assault and/or harassment at least once in her lifetime.
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Brazil #LetHerWork Machismo

#LetHerWork – #TimesUp for Brazilian Machismo

In the Fall of 2017, many of Hollywood’s celebrated actresses and artists began to break their silence about sexual harassment in the film industry by posting on social media, using the simple hashtag, #MeToo. Since the day those two little words blew up the internet and millions responded and shared their stories, several other movements have emerged, such as the now famous #TimesUp campaign. Today, worlds away from Hollywood, professional women in Brazil are making a stand as well against the misogynistic culture and machismo in the workplace there, by tweeting and sharing a video with the hashtag, #LetHerWork or #DeixaElaTrabalhar in Portuguese. 
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Weinstein Aftermath Dawn Truth

A New Dawn of Truth: The World After Weinstein

It’s a new year, but what does “new” really mean? It’s hardly ever a new beginning when we twist the numbers one over again, it is only a new chapter in an old book we have been reading for too long. The story moves on, but it’s still very much the same story we have been reading for ages. It has the same characters, the same players, the same structure. And yet a new chapter can also mean bring a new development. 2017 was the year of abuse victims regaining their voices against sexual abuse and harassment, it was a new cornerstone, but does that mean anything in 2018? 2017 was our long overdue plot twist, but it ended on a cliffhanger, begging for a resolution. In the end, what can we take from the #MeToo and the #TimesUp campaigns into the new year? Where do we go from here, what lessons did we learn in the Weinstein aftermath and how do we handle the truth?
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Feminism Feminists Feminist Gender Equality

Feminism: Dawn of the Great Feminist Divide

Feminism is not the unified, forward-thinking movement it once was. Simply defined, feminism is a doctrine that advocates gender equality, but the modern definition is somewhat different. It’s coming of age was the necessary aftermath of centuries of women fighting to escape from under the controlling thumbs of men. Those first, revolutionary feminist heroes held fast in solidarity for, at that time, a simple goal: equality.
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The truth about sexual violence and assault

The Truth about Sexual Violence: Privilege, Power, and Abuse

Oprah’s inspiring acceptance speech was met with enthusiastic applause at the 75th annual Golden Globes, where this year, celebrities dressed for a cause instead of red carpet trendiness. Donning their black gowns and #TimesUp pins as a public display of unity for sexual harassment survivors and allies, they roared in solidarity as Oprah powerfully boomed, “the time is up!” In the same week, however, 1500 miles away from the festivities, another young man became a convicted sex offender. This is the truth of sexual violence.
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