Liz Plank is a reporter for Vox who is asking everyone to reconsider the viral #MeToo posts currently filling everyone's timelines with stories about sexual assault and harassment. That hashtag is being used for survivors to show each other that they're not alone, and to also display how widespread the problem is. Plank is saying that she is tired of survivors having to come forward with their stories, rather than the perpetrators being named, and asked to do something about rape culture, using the hashtag #HimThough.
It's an important movement for a few reasons, most importantly to raise awareness that this isn't just something you have to go through alone. Many survivors can find solace in each other and talk about their experiences without any fear of being alone. It's a big movement that is one of the most positive hashtag trends we've seen in awhile. It gives these women a chance to not only help other survivors, but show the collective whole what a big issue this is for women, and how its something they face on a daily basis.
Lots of people have taken up Plank's idea, saying that they shouldn't be obligated to share difficult and painful experiences for men who have not being targeted to believe this is a real problem. Because it certainly is. It's a problem many women have face and just haven't had the right avenues available to talk about their pain and experiences.
We'll see if men take up the banner and start talking to each other about how they can help women, instead of asking women to do all the heavy-lifting. It's not a one-way street. Change will require men to step up and admit this is a problem.
What do you think of the conversation?
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