Has the #metoo movement gone too far?
Many see the #metoo movement as a monumental step in women's equality and in the efforts to minimize sexual harassment in the workplace. However, there have been several cases where individuals were severely punished (terminated, publicly ridiculed, etc) before any legal proof in a court of law.
Proponents of the #metoo movement feel that actions should be taken early to make an example, protect victims and to deter others from engaging in sexual harassment in the workplace.
Opponents feel that certain individuals are being unfairly accused, that we should ensure that there is a due process and that people are innocent until proven guilty.
This discussion fostered extremely passionate discourse with the majority of comments falling into three categories. Note: this summary is based on the comments on Gell and also on Gell's facebook post.
Many people felt the #metoo movement hasn't gone far enough given the % of men and women who report they were sexually abused and/or assaulted (1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men by many accounts). They feel this movement is important for giving people in less powerful positions and/or people who feel vulnerable a voice and for highlighting the extent of sexual abuse (and hopefully driving social change by encouraging people to protect themselves and stand up for themselves and by making people think twice before engageing in predatory behavior).
Others feel the movement has gone too far and they site a few different reasons for this including 1) potentially creating a platform for people to be wrongfully accused in a very public way, 2) grouping minor harrassment in the same category as major assault and therefor detracting from major assaults, 3) disempowering women by making them out to be victims and/or 4) inadvertantly discouraging real activism because people think posting something on social media is doing enough.
Then the 3rd category felt it is more nuanced and that points from both of the above stances are true to some degree. For example, some felt the movement is a good thing overall and it should go further, but we need to encourage the media and society to continue to act in an "innocent until proven guilty" manner.
It is worth noting that this was a very passionate and heated discussion with amost 1/2 of the comments on Facebook falling into the category of personal attacks, hate speech or off topic posts (these were removed). There were also a handful of people that engaged in very sexist comments and felt that men were beind demonized by this movement and that men were becoming the victims (although these were very rare and they seemed paranoid and irrational in most instances).
There were also some people who felt we were inappropriate in even asking this question and that we did not have the right to launch a civil discourse on this topic. Some assumed by asking the question we felt it had gone too far (when in reality, we were asking the question because many prominant figures in the media are stating it has gone too far and we felt this was worthy of discussion, exploration and public civil discourse).