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The #MeToo Movement, 2 Years Later

Two years later, what has the #MeToo movement actually changed?

Giving women the voice they deserve

It’s been 2 years since #MeToo took off, shifting the conversation around sexual assault and harassment. In the U.S., more than 250 celebrities, CEOs, politicians have been accused of sexual misconduct according Temin & Co. Bill O’Reilly, Donald Trump, Matt Lauer, Al Franken, Louis CK, Mario Batali, and Les Moonves to name a few. Investigations from The New York Times and New Yorker into the alleged decades-long sexual misconduct of Harvey Weinstein unleashed a wave of stories, inspired by Tarana Burke’s Me Too movement, which she launched in 2006.

Although the current use of the phrase Me Too dates back to 2006, when it was first created by Tarana Burke as a means of connecting sexual abuse survivors, it didn’t become a viral movement until October 2017. Following a slew of assault allegations against famed producer Harvey Weinstein, hundreds of people began using the hashtag to reveal their own experiences with sexual misconduct in their respective industries. Eventually, the Me Too Movement became analyzed under a journalistic viewpoint, as writers and editors began to push the movement into larger news networks and labor sectors.

In November 2018, Cleveland, Ohio radio station WDOK Star 102 announced that it had removed the song Baby, It's Cold Outside from its playlist because listeners felt that the lyrics were inappropriate. The station's host commented that "in a world where #MeToo has finally given women the voice they deserve, the song has no place". The streaming service Spotify removed music by XXXTentacion and R. Kelly from Spotify-owned playlists after allegations of "hateful conduct", but later reversed course due to the fact that the allegations against the artists were unproven. Weinstein turned himself in to face rape charges — but he continues to deny the allegations. In the past 2 years the movement has gone global. Weinstein's trial is set for January 2020. While #MeToo has touched several industries, activists say it still has a long way to go.

Brut.

10/12/2019 1:58 PM

22 comments

  • Kieran F.
    3 days

    Heifers

  • Marc C.
    3 days

    .

  • Hill-Wilson C.
    3 days

    Amazing movement

  • Gregg H.
    3 days

    After Cosby was sentenced I stopped hearing anything about this movement. 🤔

  • Mat C.
    3 days

    We hear you We’re listening to you We see you We support you We NOW see them We’re NOW listening to them. Times up ⏰ Men, police men.

  • Jesus M.
    3 days

    Gracias

  • Marlaina A.
    3 days

    ❤️

  • أ. م.
    3 days

    👍🏻

  • Dior S.
    3 days

    I totally support the movement,but i saw palestine. Isn't palestine a moslem country,can you do this movement in a moslem country where women doesn't have a voice? Just wondering

  • Sammy S.
    2 days

    Hello

  • Carreon L.
    2 days

    thanks for the badge

  • Terence P.
    2 days

    Omg

  • Ouk S.
    2 days

    I’m a top fan now 😄

  • Alexander J.
    2 days

    Hi

  • Osman A.
    2 days

    are siinagal ro family

  • Elyce S.
    2 days

    Why is Harvey Wienstein not in jail?

  • Urraca L.
    2 days

    Do we EVER hear the " me too " movement when it comes to Black people's causes ? Where are they when we are shot down in the streets ? They are nowhere to be found on our issues . But here we are supporting them . The same ole , same ole . Black Women , really ???????

  • Michael P.
    a day

    Didn't see Bill Clinton among the accused.

  • Danny D.
    a day

    Bill Cosby is the only one in jail, all the white men are home watching tv.

  • Brut
    21 hours

    When Shiori Ito accused a high-profile journalist of rape, she did what was considered unthinkable in Japan. Now she's bringing attention to the country’s weak laws against sexual violence.