(Originally posted on Rogue Review)
For years, the “Me Too” movement has been on the rise, and while it seems to have good intentions, it doesn’t. The “Me Too” movement isn’t what you think it is. Why? Because the movement doesn’t support all women and has been proven to be hypocritical in the last month or so. But before we dive in, we have to understand the intent of the “Me Too” Movement and why so many have fallen into the ‘believe all women except...” narrative.
The “Me Too” Movement was founded in 2006 by Tarana Burke. Her purpose for starting the movement was to help empower other women to stand up for themselves to help prevent cases of sexual assault. But the movement didn’t become ‘viral’ until 2017 when a hashtag by Alyssa Milano was created, encouraging women to utilize the hashtag #MeToo if they have been a victim of sexual assault. What was once used to be a good thing, has not spiraled out of control. It’s not because of Burke because in many ways, she is a strong leader in her movement. It is because of the hypocrisy that has tainted what #MeToo once represented.
The hashtag took off after the sexual allegations of Harvey Weinstein as many women shared their stories on various social media platforms. Burke’s founding of the movement was completely ignored, and instead other women became the face of it, who, didn’t really deserve to be there in the first place. It’s not because of who they are, but credit should go where credit is due and, in this case, that never happened. Instead, the hashtag spiraled out of control with story after story, and celebrities became the face of a movement that didn’t start with them.
Over the past few years, the movement has become even more tainted and, dare we say, irrelevant. It was a strong force in the face of the Brett Kavanaugh trial. The phrase “believe all women” came into fruition, and social media blew up with women all across the board who believed Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault. But the issue with Ford is that the evidence she provided wasn’t reliable, and her case was weak. Even so, it was still important to believe her because she, in fact, was a woman. This phrase has been attached to the “Me Too” movement for some time now but has recently been ‘flipped upside down’.
According to those who were a part of the ‘believe all women’ narrative have now switched and are blaming the right and conservatives for starting the narrative. Why is this? Tara Reade, a democrat and someone who once worked for Joe Biden is speaking out against him with, stating with clear evidence that he sexually assaulted her. Instead of continuing the phrase ‘believe all women,” they are saying it is not the same thing and deleting past posts that support the narrative. Not only that, but some are even stating they do believe Reade but are voting for Biden anyway.
This doesn’t seem like a movement that sticks with all women. In fact, it appears that the movement has become so tainted and is only supportive of women who accuse those on the other side of the aisle. Biden, back in 2018 even stated that a woman should be believed. "For a woman to come forward in the glaring lights of focus, nationally, you've got to start off with the presumption that at least the essence of what she's talking about is real," Biden said, in backing Christine Blasey Ford’s story about Kavanaugh. So what does this prove? It has been more apparent than ever before that if their presidential candidate is being accused, the accuser, is in fact, stating false allegations, therefore, it never happened.
Do we know if Reade was sexually assaulted by Biden? No. Because, not Kavanaugh, and not Biden deserve a snap judgment without proper investigation and proof of evidence. Are Reade’s claims credible? It seems like it, as she presents a plausible claim against Biden, but Milano and others in the media and celebrities alike want to ignore that fact. The brazen hypocrisy is evident in the movement today, and that alone makes it irrelevant. Why? Because if the movement can’t stick behind what they are standing up for one hundred percent of the time, is the movement plausible in the first place? The movement has weakened, and those who have righteously stood behind the phrase “believe all women” now declare they are all but certain Reade (a woman with credible claims) is a liar. This is simply because if said allegations are true, it threatens the nomination of their preferred presidential candidate.
Truth is that democrat or republicans can be accused of heinous crimes or sexual assault allegations. It doesn’t just stay in one party, but we can’t stand behind what we believe until our preferred person is being attacked. It doesn’t work that way. The “Me Too” and “believe all women” narrative is no longer relevant. The movement can’t continue on because it doesn’t even have two legs to stand on anymore. The fact of the matter is those who righteously stood behind it are now responsible for its inevitable death.