BACKLASH OF THE #METOO MOVEMENT (The Role of the Justice System (whether…
BACKLASH OF THE #METOO MOVEMENT
I think that in a way this movement has blurred the lines between sexual assault and bad sex
I remembered a friend in high school who was wrongly accused of rape. It turned out, the girl had major psychological issues and this wasn't the first time she had wrongly accused someone of it, but remembering this incident made me question the movement
The terms revenge porn and witch hunting have been used more and more, and I think this has opened grounds against women and "feminists". People are seeing this as an anti-man campaign, and in some twisted way, it might be making men mad, causing them to say things like, "I'll give you something to be upset about" or act out of defensive rage
It brings in a good argument that, and also caters to the idea that no social movement comes without its issues. It reminds readers that this is an age old issue that won't fix itself and requires a group effort to combat
whether or not the backlash is just the result of a new social movement. After most social movements attempt to emerge, there is always question about them and their intentions, and there is almost always some backlash
The Intentions of the #MeToo Movement
Since October, 50 high profile men have been publicly accused of sexual assault by hundreds of women. The movement was originally started to draw attention to the magnitude of an issue that is so commonly overlooked
I think it is providing a wonderful support system for victims nation wide that wasn't there before
France, in particular, has already experienced a great deal of backlash and is starting to come out the other side of things
No one should be allowed to violate someone else and get away with it
If we choose to act and do something about the backlash, I think there is potential to overcome this and have #MeToo become an strong and lasting movement.
The Role of the Media
With it having the media spotlight, it could be easy to come forward and get a little bit of attention. Also, hearing all of these other stories might make it confusing as to whether or not what happened to you was acutally assault or not.
Tabloids everywhere said "AZIZ ANSARI ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ASSAULT" and then had incriminating pictures and overly embellished stories as to where he went wrong. Big media covered the other side of things, that maybe it wasnt what it seemed
We look at big media versus tabloids, and the different audiences and populations they reach. Within those, the big stories are obviously the ones that gain the most popularity.
We then can look at the media, which has increasingly more influence in our lives every day whether we like it or not. There are media sources everywhere, and there is bias throughout them. It is extremely critical to get this message across now because we have more means of doing so than ever before.
I think it is rare that the media reports in favour of the underdog, mostly because it wouldnt typically please the masses
The Role of the Justice System
whether or not we are too quick to believe the accuser based on good faith, and too quick to persecute the accused, again, based on that blind faith
whether or not the accused really gets due process in the way that they should, or if - we are too quick to put them away in order to satisfy the masses
We can look at Brock Turner, who got off essentially unscathed after he was caught raping a young college woman. On the other hand, Larry Nassar was just sentenced to 175 years in prison for sexually assaulting hundreds of young athletes.
Our justice system has always struggled with cases of sexual assault and harrassment and rape, and it can't be easy.
There are thousands of cases that have never even been brought to trial because it just didn't seem to take precedence, until now.
It is such a prevalent issue in our society now more than ever. And there has always been this argument that women arent treated fairly in these situations, and now the tables seemed to have turned.
How sex is taught and talked about
Feminism is heavily critiqued, but the main thought behind it is EQUAL rights for men and women, it is not to HATE men
I also think that if we didn't beat around the bush so much when it came to sex, and started teaching at an appropriate age about sex, and most importantly, about consesual sex, we could minimize the effects
Sex is almost a taboo topic, when it shouldnt be, and I think because of this, people are very confused about it often times.
I also think that if porn stopped supporting categories like gang rape and hard core whatever, it might decrease the idea that those kinds of actions are okay. I dont blame porn for people acting aggresively in sex, but if that is all someone knows, and they develop a fetish for it, there is a good possibility that it will translate into their physical actions later in life.
It could promote a healthy way of doing feminism and the MeToo movement, because NO ONE deserves to be violated and NO ONE deserves to be put away for something that they did not do.