In recent years, the term ‘feminism’ has gained momentum. To be more specific, the allegations against the Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein, prompted women all around the world to share their worst experiences of sexual harassment in the wake of #MeToo movement.
Today, people are opening up against the disparity between the two sexes that has been so vast that it is left unacknowledged, even after decades. Being a woman myself, I am still learning what it means to be a feminist. This is not it. Everyday I am learning to put myself above the sexist norms that have been prevalent in the society.
#MeToo and #NotAllMen
#MeToo in India hasn’t been doing much, but sometimes I feel a difference. If I see one side of the coin, there is a peculiar missing piece in the Indian #MeToo movement, the men. Everywhere on social media today, it seems like the problem of sexual abuse and harassment is only the problem of women and their equal opportunities. Except for the individual man pointed out by an individual woman, men are nowhere to be seen. There are hardly any prominent men responding with outrage or support, which is affecting the health of society.
The other side of the coin depicts a different story, altogether. In the wake of #NotAllMen movement, many men are reiterating that not all of them are potential rapists. Counter-arguments asking people to refrain from generalising and putting all men in the same box is coming to limelight. Many men are continuously showing complete disapproval with the #MeToo movement and consider it unreasonable. They believe that some people disrespect women and can potentially harm them, but not all of them are same. Rather, they believe that that not all of them are criminals in the making.
#MeToo and #NotAllMen movement is putting increasing pressure on men in power and they are at least acknowledging the added obstacles that women face everyday, be it workplace harassment, persistent pay gap or physical health & mental health issues.
The allegations against Harvey Weinstein not only went viral on social media, but also ended the culture of silence. I believe the revolution will be slow and highly refuted, but it shall become the tsunami in not just Hollywood, Bollywood or journalism, but also every industry, work space, and every home.