The #MeToo Movement
The #MeToo movement was started back in 2006 by Tarana Burke. The goal was to give a voice to people of color (POC) that have been affected by sexual violence. In less than six months after the movement started, the hashtag was trending and the conversation started to roll. Their goals have shifted from POC to everyone experiencing sexual violence, including trans, queer, young people, and disabled people.
Today the #MeToo movement is still in use and has many different celebrities behind it. In May, Harvey Weinstein, a Hollywood producer, was arrested for first-degree rape, third-degree rape, and a first-degree criminal sex act. The women who are responsible for putting him behind bars are Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rose McGowan, Lupita Nyong’o, and many more. This isn’t the first time that we have seen someone famous go behind bars for sexual violence. Bill Cosby, another famous actor in Hollywood, has been convicted of sexual assault. He is currently up for ten years in prison. His accusation was the first case of the #MeToo movement that leads to a conviction. Many more cases of sexual violence are coming out today revolving around other famous people, such as Brett Kavanaugh, who is now a Supreme Court Justice. The accusations against him came out just before he was sworn in, causing his confirmation to be put on hold.
The Rise of the #HimToo Movement
After Kavanaugh’s case, a new movement arose, #HimToo. The #HimToo movement started when President Trump said, “It’s a very scary time for young men in America, where you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of.” Many people took this as a joke and started a circulation of memes around Twitter. An example of this is Marla Reynolds, whose son is a Navy veteran and posted a picture of him saying, “… He won’t go on solo dates due to the current climate of false sexual accusations by radical feminists with an ax to grind.” This was posted without the consent of her son, Pieter Hanson, and he clapped back to his mom posting a picture saying he supports the #BelieveWomen movement.