After #MeToo, men are using #SoDoneChilling to lend their support to women and fess up

Men, after reading the deluge of #MeToo posts that have flooded various social media platforms, have been using the #SoDoneChilling hashtag to apologise for their past behaviour, confess and then resolve to change.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 17, 2017 9:11 pm
me too, #metoo, #sodonechilling, so done chilling, men support #metoo, me too sexual harassment, sodonechilling men metoo, mallikua dua, vir das, kalki koechlin, indian express, indian express Though not even close the same numbers as #MeToo, #SoDoneChilling has also had many come forward with confessions of their own along with a sense of regret of having done what they did. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

The #MeToo movement has taken over the social media space by storm, and it is not only in India but across the world. This is also one of those rare occasions that a hashtag is not just yet another inane fad or tirade, but something akin to a collective cry against the practice of sexual harassment and abuse so prevalent in our society. Taking the narrative forward is another hashtag that was born out of the #MeToo moverment – #SoDoneChilling. Men, after reading the deluge of posts that have flooded various social media platforms, have been using the #SoDoneChilling hashtag to apologise for their past behaviour, confess and then resolve to change.

Among those who tweeted out using the hashtag was a writer, whose confessional Twitter thread has gone viral. “I wanted to write a full piece on this but meanwhile here’s a thread on how I’ve been horrible to women in the past. #MeToo #SoDoneChilling,” he tweeted. He wrote on the thread, “In college, I popped girls’ bra straps in class, from behind. It was a laugh, and I used to tell people about it with barely hidden pride… It can be difficult. Just posting this makes me anxious. But I’m doing the BARE MINIMUM. We all should be speaking up a lot more… It’s not about feeling good about yourself. It’s about doing what’s right. That’s all. We’ve let this go on for millenia. Let’s end it.”

Over Monday and Tuesday, many men – including comedian-actor Vir Das – have come forward expressing support. Though not even close the same numbers as #MeToo, #SoDoneChilling has also had many come forward with confessions of their own along with a sense of regret of having done what they did.

 

The #MeToo social media movement may have started in the US by Charmed actor Alyssa Milano, but it has now spread like wildfire acrorss the world. And, though, the genesis of the #SoDoneChilling is a positive step forward with people making themselves accountable, as we’ve seen in the past, the road from intention to execution often remains half tread. Here’s hoping this time it’s a lot more than just a fad.

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