People who abuse their position of power or authority to sexually abuse the vulnerable are some of the absolute scum of the earth and should be called out.
In that sense, the premise of the #MeToo movement, wherein which victims of sexual abuse come forward, is honorable and worthwhile.
And it honestly has done some real good already.
Despicable people like Harvey Weinstein and Larry Nassar deserve every bad thing that’s coming to them, and both cases resulted from the #MeToo movement.
That being said, when the #MeToo movement is weaponized for ideological purposes, as opposed to ethical and moral purposes, it becomes a dangerous and destructive tool.
At its core, the #MeToo movement should be about victims of sexual abuse coming forward when warranted.
Now, because the highest profile and majority of cases involve men assaulting women, a dangerous anti-masculinity sub-narrative is starting to emerge out of the #MeToo movement.
That type of sexist thought can be extremely dangerous as more and more devious people realize that they can weaponize the #MeToo movement for personal gain.
So when a blatant double standard is observed, it should, without hesitation, be called out. After all, sexual abuse allegations are oftentimes enough to destroy someone’s career, regardless of the veracity of the claim.
Christina Sommers, economist and host of “The Factual Feminist,” saw that dangerous double standard in full display and called out #MeToo icon Rose McGowan.
Regardless of where you stand on Sommers’ or McGowan’s personal or ideological beliefs, the former was 100 percent correct to call out the latter’s hypocrisy.
Rules according to Rose McGowan: If a MAN is accused: Follow Tweet 1. If WOMAN accused: Tweet 2. Sorry, but such double standards discredit #Metoo The answer to male privilege is not female privilege. The answer is basic fairness for all. pic.twitter.com/T7mKNkGci4
— Christina Sommers ? (@CHSommers) August 20, 2018
“The answer to male privilege is not female privilege,” Sommers tweeted. That is sound advice.
That is sound advice that McGowan really needs to heed.
As swathes of men began getting accused of sexual abuse, McGowan dumped on them, claiming that female victims should always be believed. She demanded instant apologies from men, regardless of whether or not they actually did it.
But when McGowan’s close friend Asia Argento recently came under scrutiny for sexually assaulting a then-17-year-old boy, McGowan’s tone changed considerably.
“None of us know the truth of the situation and I’m sure more will be revealed,” McGowan wrote. “Be gentle.”
What? How is that remotely consistent? Spoiler alert: it’s not.
And McGowan should be raked over the coals for that hypocrisy.
The sentiment behind McGowan championing the #MeToo movement is one thing. As mentioned above, the core message of rooting out sexual predators hiding behind money or power is a good step forward for society.
But when mutating that message to turn into an attack on men, it needs to be called out.
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