Why It Matters: #MeToo Hashtag Goes Viral
As social media platforms overflowed with #MeToo posts, many even elaborating and sharing the experience behind why they too can say 'me too', it had the editors of SheHasDrive thinking.
The personal experiences shared in this issue speak for themselves. There's a lot to unpack - we encourage you to take your time. Read each one entirely. Give yourself the time to breathe, contemplate, and hopefully share.
Before you go, I do want to take a moment to ensure you know what prompted the deluge of #MeToo posts. On October 15th, Alyssa Milano tweeted out "If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write 'me too' as a reply to this tweet".
According to CBS, on Twitter it spread across 85 countries with over 1.7 million tweets. And it didn't stop there. It continued onto Facebook and within 24 hours it reached 12 million posts.
But this idea wasn't created by Milano - simply spread. Milano credited the originator, Tarana Burke, who started the movement 10 years ago. "On one side, it's a bold declarative statement that 'I'm not ashamed' and 'I'm not alone.' On the other side, it's a statement from survivor to survivor that says 'I see you, I hear you, I understand you and I'm here for you or I get it,'" she told CNN.
This movement serves multiple purposes, but cannot serve all equally. It's a campaign that started a conversation, not ended one. As women came together last week to share the magnitude of the problem we're reminded in this article from The Atlantic that for each #MeToo post there were plenty of silent women who don't owe you their story.