When applied to our industry, gender theory's primary site of criticism has been the lack of representation of working women, i.e. women with identities not inherently linked to their relationships with men, or the gendered imbalance of face time and talking time.
Some of these messages were supportive. "To see the numbers go up minute by minute, I get tears in my eyes thinking about it".
Inspired by the viral #MeToo campaign on Twitter, an Asian Australian journalist has sparked a campaign of his own challenging men like him to do better and take responsibility via the #HowIWillChange hashtag. It's a powerful way to start realizing how many of us are victimized, not just at MSU, but also in parts of the world away from Grand River Avenue. Not knowing, at a certain point, becomes dishonest.
Because Weinstein is actually facing consequences - being fired by The Weinstein Company Board and kicked out of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - #MeToo has given women the courage to come out of the shadows and validate the pervasiveness of unwanted sexual advances.
"Unfortunately, this kind of sexual predatory behaviour is a lot more common than most of us think it is", said Sheela Raja, a clinical psychologist at the University of IL at Chicago and an author of books on how sexual abuse survivors can overcome trauma. The disgraced film mogul has been accused by more than three dozen women of harassment or abuse. We know your wounds from the past haunt you, and you are constantly trying to heal yourself. Burke speechless. That moment is where the Me Too campaign was born. At this point, the number is more than eight million people on Facebook alone.
But I seriously think we are entering risky territory when our boys (teen boys, even young boys) say things to disrespect others (and sometimes it's experimental or age appropriate behavior to act out) and not call them out on it or hold our children accountable.
The problem is not new. It's an issue that has always been present. As an MSU student, staff member or member of the community, we have the ability to lead these dialogues. We have the ability to listen. To ensure that all Indian women can one day live in a safe society.
The conversation soon grew to include the hashtag #HimThough, an effort to turn the focus to the people who are committing the harassment and assault. Then there was the time one man grabbed my breast when we were leaving a burial ceremony. Our mission is to provide news and commentary that's for students and by students - about the things we care about. Many people close to the perpetrators are quick to claim they are shocked.
Whether you know it or not, you do know a survivor of sexual harassment and sexual violence, and we all need to operate based on that premise instead of necessarily forcing people to come forward with all of their painful stories. I know that if this was all happening a year ago, I definitely wouldn't have been courageous enough to speak up. We have attended court cases. We weren't excluded for lack of relation to conversation around sexual assault and misogyny's impact on our livelihoods. Because despite considerable efforts to reform the stories we tell about women, the stories we tell about and to men still reinforce these erroneous and unsafe delusions.
- On a train journey with my family as a child of 11, a Malayali uncle offering to share his food at dinner and after we retired for bed and I fell asleep, putting his hand down from the berth above, opening my jeans and shoving his hands in. There's Social Fixer for Google Chrome, which offers news feed filtering by content, but there's no designed-by-Facebook app or program that allows you to blacklist words from your news feed, making it tough to ensure 100 percent safety. We hear you. We believe you.