Alexka Carrasco 9-I
Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault accusation came into fruition during the #MeToo movement, but what happened after all the hype of 2017? The #MeToo hashtag originated in 2006 prompted by civil rights activist, Tarana Burke, in an effort to shed light on the sexist world we live in. She shared her sexual harassment story, which inspired others to speak out as well. The #MeToo movement became prominent in 2017 when well-known actresses began sharing their experiences through social media, emphasizing Tarana Burke’s campaign.
So how does Harvey Weinstein come into play? There has been a lot of commotion concerning Harvey Weinstein and the accusations against him. Harvey Weinstein used to be a film producer, before the whole sexual assault predicament. Most of his victims say he used his power in the industry to force and manipulate women into having sexual relations with him. According to CNN, “At least 100 women have publicly accused the disgraced media mogul of sexual abuse.” The #MeToo Movement helped so many women come forward and actually acknowledge what had happened to them and that their aggressor had to pay. This is where the connection with Weinstein comes in. In 2019, which was when this case was initiated, we began seeing legal repercussions being taken against the accused.
“Lupita Nyong’o wrote an NYT op-ed about an encounter she had with Harvey Weinstein as a student at the Yale Drama School during which he allegedly coerced her into giving him a massage. Although I am young and don’t fully understand what Lupita went through, what she did really resonated with a lot of the things I experience as a young girl growing up in a world that constantly sexualizes me and belittles me on what I do or don’t do. Imagine being a student and an aspiring actress who’s presented this powerful producer who could potentially help you and your career, obviously you want to make a good impression, but this in no way means you want something other than a professional relationship with him. According to Lupita, Weinstien really damaged her and left a mark that will stay with her for the rest of her life.
According to the NSVRC, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives. The probability is much higher for women than it is for men, and that’s sad. It’s bad enough seeing as how it happens at all, but the fact that women endure that pain at an unequal level is heartbreaking. And just imagine the number of cases actually brought to court compared to how many women are too scared to come forward. Zoe Brock is a model and actress who has been one of the key women in his case. She has been the most public and has really helped overall.
In my opinion, although the #MeToo movement has helped women stand up to sexual misconduct, it’s not perfect. Men are accused and women are usually the ones who are believed. Each should be given the benefit of the doubt because many allegations are exaggerated or not legitimate. I believe if it keeps going, it will be catastrophic for society because of how much support women are getting and how much people are going against men. Now, don’t get me wrong this was an epic win for gender equality but its going towards the edge where women are superior and that’s not what the end result was meant to be.