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#Metoo Movement: Gone Too Far? Not Far Enough?

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When NextTribe first wrote about the #MeToo movement, two months ago, the Harvey Weinstein allegations were just beginning to—shockingly—pile up. We had worried that the movement had the potential to be elitist (all those movie stars!), turn women against each other (a lawyer and a designer were criticized for expressing unpopular ideas), and cause a loss of perspective about what is sexual harassment, or, a fuzzier term, “inappropriate touching,” as opposed what used to be called, in a less politically correct or politically enlightened (take your pick) time, horsing around or even merely flirting.

In the weeks since, I think it is safe to say we have all been shocked with the number of allegations against Weinstein and the generally justified swiftness with which other iconic men accused of harassment have been stripped of their positions or projects—Kevin Spacey, Louis, C.K., Jeffrey Tambor, Charlie Rose, journalist Mark Halperin, director James Toback, Garrison Keillor, and, most shockingly, just now, Matt Lauer.

Not since the priest pedophilia scandal has a house of cards (no pun intended, re: Spacey) that has collapsed more swiftly. 

NextTribe got on to this issue pretty fast, but now we want to know how NextTribers feel about the #MeToo movement and the extraordinary prominence of the issue of sexual assault and harassment and inappropriate touching?

We hope you’ll further the conversation that we women over 45 are in a unique position to embark upon, with a bit of male-female history in our arsenal.

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Unless they’re in denial, women understand the reluctance to speak up. Every single woman I know, including myself, has been subjected to some form of sexual abuse, harassment or, at the very least, been subjected to lewd comments that just left you with an “icky” feeling or a testosterone-fueled situation that made you feel unsafe. We are all now sharing these stories along with memories of our inability to speak up. In fact, for most, speaking up was never even considered as a possible course of action. I hope, for the sake of my 22-year old daughter, and all the… Read more »

Becky

I’ve been called names sexually harassed cussed at etc. I work with men. BIG DEAL. I am a woman who knows the men I work with are blowing steam. They are not going to feel me up or have sex with them. Get over it. God made men different some handle stress differently than others just except who they are!MEN. I for one do not want a world without them.

Not far enough. I don’t know one single woman on the planet who has not been harassed in some way. They are just now gaining courage through this movement to speak up. So it kills 2 birds … shines light on criminals/offenders, and teaches women not to be silent. It would be a shame to discourage this, even if not all outcomes are ideal, that’s just the way a large movement works. #metoo

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