For the past few weeks, stories of sexual harassment and assault are reaching our news feeds. From Hollywood execs like Harvey Weinstein and James Toback to photographer Terry Richardson, the details just get uglier each time. I also noticed that aside from women, men also shared similar experiences.
Actor Terry Crews shared that he was once groped by a male executive at a 2016 event. He noted that he couldn’t speak out about it because he was scared that he’ll be ostracized in the film industry.
Just recently, Harry Styles was also groped by a fan during CBS Radio’s charity live show. The Daily Mailreduced the incident to an “eager fan” copping a feel of his crotch like it wasn’t a big deal.
These sound familiar, don’t they? It’s almost like what many women have been sharing with the #MeToo hashtag. And we’re sure that there are other stories just like these, whether they’re posted online or still kept as a secret. But why aren’t we talking about the men who experienced sexual harassment just as much?
If you think that talking about the men’s stories of sexual abuse is discrediting the women’s plights, you’re wrong. It’s recognizing that this problem goes past gender orientation and class. After all, feminism is about equality and inclusive of all genders, especially in the fight against all the Weinsteins in the world.
This is also a call for men to stop displaying their machismo and derailing the discussion when it comes to “women’s issues.” Because one way or the other, this affects them too.