In the context of where #MeToo is right now, the distinctions drawn by both Brown and Nancherla feel critical, not only because we want to properly characterize the alleged perpetrators of specific charges, but also because suggesting that the fall of a few men represents the fall of men in general is a disservice to the #MeToo movement. It aims to discredit the albeit messy and imperfect progress of #MeToo as the work of indiscriminate extremists, rather than an important, thoughtful process founded on the principles of inclusion.

To ask for more intention in the language we use is not the same as the much-maligned #notallmen argument , because the former is not defensive. Rather than attempt to derail an important conversation, it suggests steering with precision. It doesn’t preclude criticizing the uglier aspects of masculinity and the toxic culture that breeds predators and enablers. Rather, it acknowledges that being a garden-variety drunken bro is not the same thing as being a drunken bro who violently attacks people.

#MeToo is about the rise of women’s voices and the end of shame. It is about the recovery of women’s buried histories and achievements, and about healing. It is about removing dangerous people from positions of power and dismantling the patriarchal power structure, or any structure that protects abusers, as well as a ton of other ideas.

“#MeToo is about the fall of a brand of masculinity that imprisons all men, even if they aren’t predators themselves, while victimizing all women, even if they aren’t the survivors of any given assault,” says Leah Fessler, my colleague at Quartz at Work who writes regularly on gender, intersectionality, and power. “The destruction of toxic masculinity liberates all people—men and women.”

#MeToo can be defined in many ways, but Brown and Nancherla are right. It’s not about the fall of men or boys.

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