The Future of the #MeToo Movement
Clohessy, Lauren M., 1997--
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The current era of the Me Too movement started in 2016 when Alyssa Milano tweeted out a concept: for her Twitter followers to tweet using #MeToo if they were victims of sexual misconduct. The actual Me Too movement started over ten years ago with Tarana Burke, who founded the movement to advocate for young, black women who were victims of sexual misconduct. The two movements merged into one and is now the social media movement society knows today. With Me Too came a large amount of backlash, similar to any other social media movement, but the amount of backlash depends on the amount of controversy regarding the issue. I argue the future of the Me Too movement is being challenged in an effort to maintain the status quo, as any social movement experiences, however the attackers have framed the movement as a gender war when, in fact, my research shows that the attacks are coming from both men and women. Through qualitative data collection, I found three themes that represent disputes against the movement: the attacks against women, the outcome the movement has for men and discounting the movement as a political tool.