Twitter Hashtag Sparks Important Conversation

Jessica Dillon, Staff

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In recent weeks, there has been actress after actress coming forward to speak on the same topic- sexual harassment. Most all of these accounts are centered around Harvey Weinstein, a very successful and well known Hollywood producer. These accusations all described a similar scenario. Young girl, huge Hollywood name, taken advantage of. Some of the biggest women in the industry such as Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Cara Delevingne have come forward to recount their horrific experience with Weinstein.

Unfortunately, These women are not alone. Weinstein is one amongst thousands of men who have taken advantage of women in a variety of ways. Stemming from this, is a hashtag. #MeToo has take over Twitter, with hundreds of women sharing their experience with sexual harassment. It is not always as extreme as demonstrated by Weinstein. It is often as simple as the old man who winked as he called me beautiful and asked how soon I turn 18 as I served him at work.

Before you say it, I know not every man is a suspect. It is now that we must acknowledge that there are many men willing to lend a helping hand to a woman who feels victimized. My male coworkers never hesitate to take over and serve a customer who has made an inappropriate comment to me. It is important to help a woman, or anyone for that matter, who is in need. Not only women are victims; not all men have bad intentions.

There is, however, good in every bad. This hashtag brought to light so many terrible humans, who are now paying for what they have done. Women are coming together to speak out about a very relevant topic and progress is being made. Though it is devastating just how many women can relate to this topic, may it serve as a lesson. A lesson to all girls that they are not alone, and they do not deserve to be mistreated. A hashtag cannot save the world, but it can make the women of Twitter feel a bit safer and less alone.

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