There’s always room for constructive critiques for any movement. In fact, if there’s anyone that should have a voice in the critiquing of the #MeToo movement it should be women. There are women—Hollywood celebrities like Pamela Anderson and Lindsay Lohan and writers like Katie Roiphe and Daphne Merkin—that have been critical. But are they focusing on the wrong points?
Bringing attention specifically to the threatening power structures of Hollywood, and the cost of fame, wasn't Tarana Burke's original mission.
But bringing attention specifically to the threatening power structures of Hollywood, and the cost of fame, wasn't Burke's original mission. Burke wanted young women to understand the spectrum of harassment and to understand that allowing harassment to thrive creates a culture that allows sexual violence to happen.
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Two things are true: the critiques should continue and the movement needs to broaden publicly to include a wider scope of women affected by sexual harassment and violence—sex workers, marginalized women (black, brown, LGTBQIA, disabled) and women that work in places where there is no Human Resource Department. That is, only if the movement is willing to move beyond the image it has morphed into.