The #MeToo movement has been a controversial topic since its beginning. The campaign has sparked continuous debates and conversations about feminism, sexual assault, and power dynamics over the last year. One of the growing debates about the movement involves the worry over false accusations. Recently, mothers and fathers have made it known that they are concerned over how the #MeToo Era will affect their sons. And they're not alone in their concern, a recent study shows that just over 60% of women polled are at least somewhat concerned about the possibility of false accusations.
Recently, a now-deleted tweet from a concerned mother went viral on social media. The tweet, which ends with the hashtag #himtoo, explains her concern for her son that many mothers have voiced. The tweet sparked several replies. The majority of which were sarcastic responses pointing out what users felt was the ridiculous sentiment of the original post.
Despite the jokes that transpired from the original #himtoo tweet, Vox's poll proves that the Twitter user is not alone in her concern. But, should men in the #MeToo era really be afraid? False accusations of rape and sexual assault are reported to be extremely low. Though the number varies, it is reported to be between 2% and 8%. RAINN also states that 994 out of 1000 perpetrators of sexual assault will go unpunished. Lastly, 1 in 6 men are also victims of assault. Rather than creating a society that is harmful to men, might #MeToo be able to help male victims also?
What do you think? Should parents be worried about their sons' futures in a #MeToo world? Are you concerned about the impact of #MeToo on society or do you think that the changes the movement is bringing on are overdue? Let us know!