5 Problems With The #MeToo Hashtag

5 Problems With The #MeToo Hashtag

Yesterday, actress Alyssa Milano posted a tweet calling for women to use the hashtag #MeToo if they have been sexually harassed or assaulted.

It didn’t take long for #MeToo to go viral on twitter, reaching the number one trending slot within 24 hours.

Twitter has been flooded with thousands of tweets by mostly women (though there were some male respondents), either simply tweeting “me too” or sharing their own stories of sexual assault, rape, or harassment.

While it can be argued that this hashtag campaign could be a chance for those who have suffered sexual abuse to speak out, there are several reasons that in practice it may do more harm than good.

1. The intention is to “give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem”.  In practice, #metoo is by definition using a self-selecting sample group to prove the initial hypothesis.

If you ask a room full of people to raise their hands if they like going to the movies, it is hardly a revelation that 100% of people who raised their hands like going to the movies.

Alyssa Milano clearly believes (based on many prior comments and tweets) that sexual assault and harassment is an endemic problem that effects the majority of women.

To prove this, she uses her 3.2 million followers to find the sample group which will prove her belief to be true.

Was she doing this intentionally? Doubtful. But it deserves to be called out nonetheless.

2. There is no definition given of sexual assault or sexual harassment.

Different experiences are seen as more or less meaningful depending on the person – and many fans of Alyssa Milano lean towards the left-wing side of the political spectrum, which is heavily correlated with holding a more broad view of what constitutes sexually abusive behavior.

When a woman tweets “#MeToo”, she could be referring to being an eight year old girl married off to an older man. She could be referring to being brutally raped by a stranger. She could be referring to being drugged at a party and waking up having been sexually molested. She could be referring to being told she must give her boss a blowjob if she wants to keep her raise. She could be referring to having her ex-boyfriend post nude photos of her on work office Facebook group.

Or, she could be defining harassment in the way Everyday Feminism defines it, which includes such evil acts as telling someone to smile, saying “god bless you”, giving “compliments”, staring, or speaking to a woman who doesn’t want to be spoken to.

The point is? We don’t know, and therefore #MeToo is a poor way of looking at how many women experience sexual assault or harassment.

Think back to the aforementioned movie example: would it be reasonable to assume everyone who raised their hands to denote that they enjoyed going to the movies also meant that they enjoyed medical thriller films?

3. It excludes male victims of sexual assault or abuse.

This is especially insidious in light of the above paragraphs.

Per Alyssa’s original tweet, anything that a woman says is sexual abuse or harassment can be considered as such, because no definition or standard is given, just because she’s a woman.

This, unfortunately, is par for the course for feminism.  Male victims, even of the most blatant and egregious sexual assaults, are routinely ignored or belittled, at the same time as feminists are constantly expanding what defines sexual assault to include anything a particular woman sees it to be.


It’s reminiscent of the leftist hysteria over gay wedding cakes while Islamic theocracies are throwing gay people from rooftops.

4. When you break down the numbers, it doesn’t even prove what feminists want it to.

This Twitter user broke it down perfectly.

Of course her numbers aren’t going to reflect the reality of how many women are raped – but nor is the number of tweets in the #MeToo trend.

5. We do have some idea how many women are sexually assaulted – and it’s not a majority.

First of all, we’ll be ignoring harassment for this part of the article – it’s impossible to pin down succinctly what “harassment” even is, let alone how often it happens.

We do have more data on other sexual assault crimes – especially rape.

For example, the oft cited 1-in-5 statistic! But there’s one small problem: it’s largely bunk, and serves as an example of how many feminists will use statistical sorcery to make reality fit their ideology. 

That is not to say rape or even other sexual assault is rare. It quite clearly is not. It is a horrific crime that happens to far too many – both women and men.

But if we are going to find out the truth about what the problem is, we need to be able to speak honestly, even if that means moving outside of the feminist ideological framework.

BONUS: 6. “Reporting” sexual assault on Twitter using the #MeToo hashtag does not actually help to combat sexual assault.

It’s great that more people feel that they can share their personal and difficult experiences. But we need to acknowledge that protecting the feelings of victims is a secondary goal to preventing people becoming victims in the first place – and that starts with reporting. To law enforcement, not your twitter feed.

Rape hysteria helps no one. Unfortunately, the #MeToo hashtag seems to be yet another example of just that.


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