10 things you need to know about the new #MeToo movement
On the heels of #MeSo, this year has seen the emergence of a new #TogetherWeAre movement, one that aims to break down gender stereotypes in popular culture.
In 2017, #Together We Are has seen women of colour, disabled people, queer and trans people, women of color, and people of colour share their experiences of abuse and harassment online.
In a recent survey of #Together we Are participants, 50 per cent of respondents identified as having experienced physical or sexual harassment.
In the new year, this has sparked a renewed conversation about the lack of representation of women of various genders in pop culture, with the #MeOws hashtag trending on Twitter.
This month, I spoke to #TogetherOws co-founder Lauren Gittelman to find out what #MeOnTop is all about.
What are the benefits of #MenOnTop?
Lauren: “The #MenOws movement is really about women.
Women’s lives are often told in ways that are less than respectful.
This is the reason that women of all ages are often treated so badly.
The lack of women on screen and in the media has led to a toxic culture where women are constantly under threat of sexual violence and abuse, or harassed online.
This has led many women to believe that the only way to protect themselves is to stay silent, which means avoiding social spaces and online spaces.
Men on top is an extension of #meontop, a hashtag that aims at helping men and boys in the industry.
#MenoT is about being #manly, it’s about being strong and confident.
It’s about having a positive attitude, it encourages you to be strong and be proud of your gender identity, and it’s an opportunity to have a strong conversation about gender in pop music.
It also allows for us to connect with other men on a wider level, as well as men of colour and trans men.
How can we learn more about each other?
I’ve met so many wonderful people in the #MenonTop movement.
I’ve seen so many incredible people, I’ve been so privileged to have met so much great people in my life.
So what can you do to make your voices heard?
You can start a #Men on Top Facebook group, or create a group on your own, or just speak out on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag.
If you’re on Twitter, start a hashtag with #MeThatsMe.
When it comes to Instagram, #MenyMan is for you.
Just tag yourself and post a picture of yourself in your #MenT shirt, and if you have more than one, tag each photo.
It doesn’t have to be a photo, it could be a caption, a video, a short story, or even a story about you.
It can be anything.
#MeT is a platform for sharing stories, videos and content that are powerful and empowering.
What else do you want to know?
The #Menons movement started in 2016, and has since grown to more than 100,000 people.
If this year’s #MeToGo hashtag is anything to go by, you can be part of the #TogetherTogether movement by joining us on Facebook.
You can also join the #MentorMe campaign, a national movement to raise awareness and funds for young people suffering from mental health issues.
What’s next for the #JoinMen movement?
This year, I’ll be talking more about #MeNow, which aims to celebrate all aspects of the men and masculinity that are so important to men and young people, including gender, race, sexuality, class, culture and more.
I’ll also be exploring #MeningOut, a campaign to encourage young men to take a stand against violence against men.
I hope to be talking about the role of masculinity in the new Year, and I look forward to sharing more about that in the months to come.