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File this blog under the 1,653,219th thing I’d rather not be talking about.
Problem is, no one else is, and the issue at hand, NEEDS stigma removed and to be discussed publicly with no stigma.
I’m in NO WAY discounting the progress that the #MeToo movement.
But it’s missing a a segment and/or population of people.
There’s what, over 3 billion women on the planet, right?
Where are the stories of men who been assaulted, abused and harassed by women?
Or women who’ve been assaulted, abused and harassed by another woman?
While it may cause a blip in the news of a female teacher assaulting (cause it’s assault if someone’s not the age of consent and if that standard applies to a male teacher with a female victim) other than Mary Kay Letourneau, who can name another female who’s been all over the news for what they did and the consequences they faced?
And if you pardon the REALLY bad pun, if Mary Kay was actually a “Mark”, he would be vilified and there would be NO story post prison time or shock and horror that a male assailant married his female victim.
Again, I’m in no way saying that momentum that #MeToo has made, is hindering anything, but there’s a hypocrisy and stigma that’s still in place for some bizarre reason that we aren’t talking about male and female victims of female predators, more.
If at all.
And there is a hypocrisy in place, for example, with certain female celebrities, where they say stuff about men, that if that came out of a famous man’s mouth, they would be tried and convicted in the court of social media, with major damage to their reputations at a bare minimum or their careers would be over and it isn’t the same for females who do the equivalent of that.
It doesn’t hinder in any way, of just saying, all victims have a right to have their stories told, regardless of the gender and/or sexual identification of the assailant.
We can’t have a certain set of standards for young boys and men, that aren’t the same for young girls and women, to follow.
Because it’s not fair and it’s horribly hurtful to discount, if not diminish a person’s story because we don’t want to think that women in some cases are not the victims in these cases, but they actually are the perpetrators.
#MeToo has to be inclusive of every victim of sexual assault, abuse and harassment, for it to maximize its potential to prevent assault, abuse and harassment, and for those who are victims, to be able to heal.
Note: I’m open to constructive criticism or dialogue, I’m not open for nasty comments. I get that I’m a “unique” kind of advocate, as well as a mother. I make no apologies as far as my being a mother, of saying and believing , if I’m going to have a certain standard for how you treat my daughter, that same standard also better be applied to how you treat my son.
So if you don’t have anything kind or constructive to say, please don’t say anything at all…