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Origin of MeToo
historical usage of MeToo
In 2017 the hashtag exploded in viral use after a call to activism by American actress Alyssa Milano. Hundreds of thousands of people responded to her post in solidarity, raising awareness of rampant sexist behavior and sexual abuse or harassment.
As a movement, MeToo began with reports of workplace sexual misconduct against women. Many of the high-profile perpetrators were powerful men in the entertainment industry. However, the movement quickly expanded to acknowledge male survivors and people of all socioeconomic strata and many walks of life. While the specific circumstances of their lives and the incidents they endure vary, they’ve all experienced victimization at the hands of some individual in a position of relative authority.
The English hashtag #MeToo has been used all over the globe, and several international versions have been popularized in many languages. The Spanish version #YoTambien is a nearly exact translation, “I also.” In Italian, survivors have posted about “that time when” with #QuellaVoltaChe. The French version is a sentence in the imperative, with #BalanceTonPorc telling women to “squeal on your pig.” In China, when social media platforms censored posts with the hashtag #MeToo or the literal translation #WoYeShi, the creative transliteration “bowl of rice” emoji, pronounced [mee], followed by “bunny” emoji, pronounced [too], became popular.
The English #MeToo, however, remains the cornerstone of the MeToo movement, perhaps because it allows survivors to share as much or as little of their stories as they choose, or because it works for people of diverse backgrounds, social circumstances, and gender identities. The universal nature of this kind of abuse has made the MeToo movement a powerful catalyst for social reform.
How to use me-too in a sentence
In the years following the MeToo movement, the question of what happens to abusers remains murky—in real life, some have been jailed, others have made comebacks.Lisa Taddeo Is Exposing the Raw Reality of Women’s Sexual Desires and Traumas|Eliana Dockterman|May 27, 2021|Time
It shows that for all the changes that have happened in American life — more female elected officials, a MeToo movement and a workforce that is around 47 percent female — our power dynamics remain fundamentally skewed.Why It Took So Long For Politicians To Treat The Child Care Crisis As A Crisis|Clare Malone (firstname.lastname@example.org)|July 16, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
But along with the cartoon funk is an all-too-real story of police brutality embodied by a horde of evil Pigs.‘Black Dynamite’ Presents Police Brutality: The Musical|Stereo Williams|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I remember H. Jon Benjamin told me it was a way-too-late apology for Hiroshima and Nagasaki.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS|Marlow Stern|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In the not-too-distant future, the AMRAAM might also be out-ranged by new weapons that are being developed around the world.Pentagon Worries That Russia Can Now Outshoot U.S. Stealth Jets|Dave Majumdar|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This fancy spice pack pairs with four different spirits—vodka, tequila, aquavit, and gin—to ensure the perfect morning pick-me-up.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Don Draper in Your Life|Allison McNearney|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Tsongas and Rep. Mike Michaud (D-ME) have led the charge for an all-American recruit shoe in Congress.New Balance Lobbies Congress to Make the U.S. Military's Only Running Shoe|Tim Mak|September 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Coppy, in a tone of too-hastily-assumed authority, had told her over night that she must not ride out by the river.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling
From time to time Lockhart gave vent to a grim laugh, and Spivin displayed his feelings in a too-amiable smile.The Garret and the Garden|R.M. Ballantyne
And yet these years spent in cafés and in studios have not turned them out into the world a devil-me-care lot of dreamers.The Real Latin Quarter|F. Berkeley Smith
Sylvan scenes, with a dash of human savagery in the foreground, form the best relief for a too-extended assimilation of books.Mystery Ranch|Arthur Chapman
Then she looked more hopeful as her eyes rested on Betty, who was sorting the contents of a too-crowded dresser drawer.The Outdoor Girls in the Saddle|Laura Lee Hope