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Reflecting on #MeToo and How Men can Help: A Lankan guide (The F Word: Let's Talk Feminism and Gender)

(This piece first appeared as part of a weekly column for The Sunday Morning)

Perhaps one of the hallmarks of the conversations surrounding gender on social media is “#MeToo”. Everyone has heard about it, many have posted using it, people have many opinions on it, and it has even made its way into pop culture and colloquial language in myriad ways.

Many people remember when on 15 October 2017, actress Alyssa Milano took to Twitter posting the tweet: “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted, write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.” It is important for us to remember that the movement began with Tarana Burke, a civil rights activist from the Bronx in New York who was its original founder. In 2006, Burke began using the phrase “Me Too” to raise awareness of the pervasiveness of sexual abuse and assault in society, and the phrase developed into a broader movement, following the 2017 use of #MeToo as a hashtag after the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations and Milano’s tweet.

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