#MeToo: Men lend their support to the movement, say ‘we will do better’

Lately, several men have spoken up on the #MeToo movement. While some have taken spoken about being abused, others have taken responsibility for their actions. There are also others who have urged their male counterparts to rectify themselves. It is indeed time for men to look inward.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Published:October 17, 2017 7:56 pm
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A mere cursory look at different social media platforms will reveal a similar story. Women are sharing harrowing experiences of their past, of times when they were inappropriately touched and without consent with the hashtag #MeToo. What started as means to give reassurance that this is not just a story of a few, has now taken a life of its own.

On October 16, Charmed actress Alyssa Milano had tweeted a note saying, “Suggested by a friend: “If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote “Me too” as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.” “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet,” she added. And since then women from different walks of life, from different strata of the society have united and are sharing their experiences.

Lately celebrities, both at home and abroad have also voiced their support in favour of it. While the movement has garnered sufficient praise, it is pretty evident that the narrative has been mostly lop-sided. Women have taken it upon themselves to embrace a difficult episode in their lives and share it with the world. However, the onus of it is on men too and while several women have rallied for participation, finally several men too have come up and lent their support.

While some have taken spoken about being abused, others have taken responsibility for their actions. There are also others who have urged their male counterparts to rectify themselves. While one wrote, I see you. I acknowledge you. I believe you. We should be better. We can do better. We will do better,” another wrote “Don’t try and participate in the #MeToo movement. Listen, absorb, learn. Do better.”

Men have been victims too.

And some have taken responsibility for their actions.

Though this participation by men is being seen as a positive contribution, the numbers seem to be far less. Not only that, there is a bigger question of whether this initiative will end up being just a one-week fad, or will it be at least a step forward in bringing in a change in attitude as well as action.

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