Tens of thousdands women and even some men revealed their sexual encounters and ordeals with the #MeToo campaign that started to create awareness about sexual assault epidemics. The campaign, which took off after a tweet by actress Alyssa Milano, revealed stories of incredibly brave women, who came forward to share their horrific experiences.
If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet. pic.twitter.com/k2oeCiUf9n— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 15, 2017
In response to the campaign, men have come up with a creative online campaign, #HowIWillChange, which encourages men to address the subject of sexual violence.
Australian journalist Benjamin Law initiated the hash tag.
Law started off with his own plans on Twitter. He pledged to donate to a women’s shelter and not allow anyone sexually assault a woman in front of him.
#HowIWillChange: Acknowledge that if all women I know has been sexually harassed, abused or assaulted, then I know perpetrators. Or am one.— Benjamin Law 🌈 (@mrbenjaminlaw) October 16, 2017
Soon, men from all over the globe started to participate in the campaign aimed at men playing a part to protect women from being assaulted.
I will never blame a victim, and I will never stand and watch as a man makes unwanted advances on a woman #HowIWillChange— Michael (@TrippyTrappy_Jr) October 17, 2017
#HowIWillChange I will keep showing my 3 sons and one grandson how to honor & respect women.— Jesse T. Smith (@JSmith4Congress) October 17, 2017
Guys - meaningful change starts in the home.
#HowIWillChange I will never stay quiet and ignore sexual harassment & abuse. Men need to take action and stand up for others.— pablo thiccasso. (@UndesirabIeone) October 17, 2017
#HowIWillChange I'm going to call out harassment, every time. I'll call out toxic masculinity, every time. No more going along to get along.— Ben Jackson (@DadoftheDecade) October 18, 2017
I will call out other men on sexism. I won’t be complacent with the status quo. I won’t allow another man to harass a woman. #HowIWillChange— RedBeard (@PhilRedbeard) October 18, 2017
I will not "joke with the boys" any more. When women are away, easy to loosen standards and say things I wouldn't otherwise #HowIWillChange— L. Anthony Navarro (@LANavarro7) October 19, 2017
#HowIWillChange. I will not be a bystander to the harassment of women in any form. I will stand up for the equal rights of all women.— David_Spacehouse (@Davidspacehouse) October 18, 2017
By teaching my son that women are our partners not our rewards. #HowIWillChange— devon sawa (@DevonESawa) October 18, 2017
#HowIWillChange: I will stare from yonder at any male staring at a female, making her uncomfortable, to have him taste his own medicine.— Vatsal Sharma (@ActuallyVatsal) October 20, 2017
#HowIWillChange? Never accept the diversion tactics of abusers. Never enable, even passively, the behaviors that lead to this.— Alex Soul Rots💀☠️🎃 (@solwat) October 16, 2017
Actor Mark Ruffalo also tweeted his support as he vowed to stop catcalling women.
I will never Cat call a woman again. Growing up we were taught from watching movies that a cat call was a compliment. I would do it to friends and girlfriends. Sunrise clued me in that it was totally inappropriate. Not cool. Not a compliment. Gross. #HowIWillChange— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) October 19, 2017
He explained how he learned from the movies that “a cat call was a compliment.”
“I would do it to friends and girlfriends,” he bravely admitted. “Sunrise (his wife) clued me in that it was totally inappropriate. Not cool. Not a compliment. Gross. #HowIWillChange.”
But many misunderstood the campaign. They jumped on the “not all men” bandwagon.
#HowIWillChange in no way at all. I will never accept responsibility for other's misdeeds simply because we are the same gender.— Dubsguy 🎃👻ผี👻🎃 (@mylifeisanmeme) October 18, 2017
"Don't speak to women at work about anything other than work"— MGTOW.COM (@MGTOW) October 20, 2017
"Don't speak to women at work about anything other than work"#HowIWillChange
I'm not jumping on the #HowIWillChange bandwagon. I've never sexually harassed a woman, man etc. What I WILL do is defend those that need it— Doc Bailey (@WarMed_117) October 18, 2017
#HowIWillChange? I won't, because seemingly, unlike the white knights that pioneered this tag, I 'already' abhor rape and sexual harassment.— Phil 🎃 (@Pyramidial) October 18, 2017
This is how people responded to clarify their misconception.
Lots of fragile dudes in my mentions insisting they're "not part of the problem". You're the definition of the problem. Die angry about it. pic.twitter.com/SNff4whcxp— Benjamin Law 🌈 (@mrbenjaminlaw) October 17, 2017
#howwillichange is not saying youre a rapist by default if youre a man. You hear friends make sexist remarks? Call them out. Random guys cat calling women? Call them out. People talking about scoring with drunk girls? Call them out. By doing nothing you are justifying their views— Snake Lips (@n8r_boi) October 18, 2017
Dudes, if you use #HowIWillChange to say you don't need to change, you definitely need to.— Jesse Cornea (@JCornea) October 17, 2017
Milano also voiced support for Law’s message.
While it is great to see such online trends raising awareness about sexual violence, it is pertinent that this subject shouldn’t just be used to stay relevant online, but should also be implemented practically.
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