On Sunday, a Twitter hashtag campaign took off, resonating with hundreds of users who gathered to raise awareness about sexual abuse and harassment in everyday life. But there was one particular “Me Too” tweet that stood out. Lane Moore, a stand-up comedian based in New York City, wrote that she hoped for a world where, for women, “Me Too” meant something else entirely.
“I hope I live long enough,” Moore wrote, “to see the day when my female friends are writing #MeToo on social media to mean, ‘I finally feel safe in the world.'”
i hope i live long enough to see the day when my female friends are writing #MeToo on social media to mean”i finally feel safe in the world”
— 🎃Lane Moore🎃 (@hellolanemoore) October 15, 2017
If you aren’t on Twitter, #MeToo at first glance won’t make sense. But after reading a few tweets, you will notice that there is a common thread connecting each tweet and that is sexual misconduct. The hashtag seems to have been initiated by actress Alyssa Milano who wrote, “[I was] suggested by a friend: ‘If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.'” It began on Sunday evening and has taken off ever since.
While explaining the thoughts behind her tweet, Moore says, “I wrote that tweet because I hated that I had to look at the words ‘me too’ and it had to mean something so undeniably terrifying. I don’t want to live in a world where I see my friends post such simple commonplace words, but they’re used to signify something so shattering.”
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