I posted this phrase on Facebook yesterday and then immediately deleted it. Because I have never been sexually assaulted, I thought it was disrespectful to those who had by posting it. I didn’t want people who have had it worse than me to think that I was disrespecting their experiences by sharing my own.
But that’s not what “Me, too” is about. It is about sexual harassment, assault, and all the times women are made to feel less-than. And it comes to no shock to any woman that this phrase is everywhere.
One night in New York City, I was walking excitedly walking down the street to see a Broadway show when I heard two men talking about me. The two of them were debating which woman on the sidewalk was the hottest. There were only two of us walking by them at the time, so they each picked one. Nothing takes the wind out of your sails quite like that. Instead of all the excitement I had initially felt that night, my thoughts became fixated on that. Without even knowing me, these two men made me feel terrible.
I have been told what I can and can’t wear in order to “prevent” unwanted comments from men. Instead of calling out a person for being creepy, it is the job of the woman to do everything in her power to anticipate a creepy remark and dress accordingly.
I am so proud of all of these strong, important, and inspiring women for creating this movement. If you are surprised by the amount of people writing this, you need to reevaluate what is considered normal behavior.
By deleting my “me, too” post, I was telling myself that my experiences were invalid. But they aren’t. Every day women are being rudely reminded that there is still so much more that needs to be done in order to achieve equality. But, this movement is a step in the right direction.