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The Conversation #MeToo Needs to Have

The Conversation #MeToo Needs to Have

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  • In a patriarchy, regardless of whether or not it is deserved, our first inclination is to protect men. As if to say, "We have to find a way for them [men] to survive this reasonable, yet unreasonable, onslaught of women seeking retribution for sexual misconduct, harassment, and abuse". I hope it sounds

    In a patriarchy, regardless of whether or not it is deserved, our first inclination is to protect men. As if to say, "We have to find a way for them [men] to survive this reasonable, yet unreasonable, onslaught of women seeking retribution for sexual misconduct, harassment, and abuse". I hope it sounds as flawed as it is in practice.

    I do not feel that there are innocent men who deserve to be martyrs for a larger movement, and, for the most part, this is not, nor will it ever be the case. However, I do think women deserve the right to make this movement about them before we begin to cloud it with ways to circumvent punishment for a man who did something kind of bad but not really all that bad. We should not, nor should we want to, be infantilized.

    "We've gone from not listening, hearing, or believing women and how are we going to skip over the whole part where women get to be heard and go straight to the redemption of the perpetrators? Can't we live in that space where perpetrators can be a little bit uncomfortable with what the consequences will be?" - America Ferrera

  • I really can’t get behind a quote like this. “Sorry. If some innocent men’s reputations have to take a hit in the process of undoing the patriarchy, that is a price I am absolutely willing to pay.” Men and women should be working together to fight this. When comments like that are said it will lose some

    I really can’t get behind a quote like this. “Sorry. If some innocent men’s reputations have to take a hit in the process of undoing the patriarchy, that is a price I am absolutely willing to pay.” Men and women should be working together to fight this. When comments like that are said it will lose some support from needed people in moving forward.

  • Thoughtful. Interesting. On the facts, and not the feelings, there is clearly a difference between harassment and molestation. There is also a clear difference between harassment and a (clumsy or rebuffed) attempt to express one’s feelings. But, as the piece points out, the scale of emotional distress

    Thoughtful. Interesting. On the facts, and not the feelings, there is clearly a difference between harassment and molestation. There is also a clear difference between harassment and a (clumsy or rebuffed) attempt to express one’s feelings. But, as the piece points out, the scale of emotional distress is not as linear - something that is recognised in courts when the facts establish guilt but victims’ statements and other measures influence the length of the sentence.

  • Great piece. Well thought and balanced.