Slang. characterized by or involving me-tooism: a candidate's me-too campaign.
Other definitions for MeToo (2 of 2)
a social media hashtag of solidarity used by survivors of sexual harassment and sexual assault in a public disclosure of a past or current personal experience in order to demonstrate the prevalence of abuse: I never reported my boss because I couldn’t afford to lose my job. #MeToo
a social movement drawing attention to sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other abuses of authority, especially those resulting from gendered power imbalances in social institutions: MeToo is revealing the tragic common thread in the lives of Hollywood stars, short-order cooks, soldiers, prisoners, students, etc.—no corner of society is immune to this epidemic of abuse.
relating to or noting this social movement: the MeToo era;a powerful #MeToo spokesperson;the Me Too backlash.
to identify or accuse (one’s abuser) publicly in a claim of sexual harassment or sexual assault: How should celebrities who’ve been MeToo’d make amends and start over?Everyone warned her that MeTooing the chair of her dissertation committee would ruin her academic career.
- Also #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.
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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
American business has always been characterized by a certain me-too-ism.Frozen-Yogurt Shops Are Everywhere, but We Are Nowhere Near Saturation | Daniel Gross | July 19, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Then came the iPad, followed by me-too tablets from Samsung, H-P, and others, all costing hundreds of dollars.
Faults to be careful of: deceit, shallowness, a "me-too" servility and timidity.Manual of the Enumeration | C. J. Coffman
British Dictionary definitions for me-too
slang a person who does something merely because someone else has done it
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