The “me too” movement on Twitter serves to help society understand how deep-seated and prevalent sexual harassment is in our society, believes Sophie Gilbert of The Atlantic. Our society pressures women into staying quiet about their experiences. They fear the backlash from coming forward, which is why they tend to do so en masse as we are seeing in the Weinstein scandal. Or they choose silence to help themselves move on and forget about the trauma. Women saying “me too” shows men and other women everywhere how many victims there really are. Only by understanding this issue fully can we tackle and eradicate it together.
While noble, the “me too” movement on Twitter is not the first of its kind and shouldn’t be necessary, asserts Eleanor Cummins of Slate. Women shouldn’t need to showcase their suffering for all to see, just to have it acknowledged. This already happened in 2014 with the #YesAllWomen and #WhatWereYouWearing hashtags. First off, women shouldn’t need to start a massive social media campaign to be believed. Second, these posts open them up to even further harassment and victim-blaming online. It also spurs counterproductive hashtags like “NotAllMen, that add little of value to this discussion. More is needed for real change to happen.