ANOTHER HURDLE IN THE #METOO MOVEMENT
According to a recent study, fewer women are being hired for jobs that require more interaction with men. Kim Elsesser from Forbes says “The new study found a shocking 21% of men and 12% of women, report they are personally more reluctant to hire women for jobs that require close interpersonal interaction with men, like business travel” (Elsesser).
Let’s backtrack, What is the #MeToo movement about?
#MeToo is a movement against sexual harassment and sexual abuse, where people publicize allegations of sex crimes committed by men or women. Based on a 2018 online study conducted by stopstreetharassment.org, ages 14-17 were the most common age range to have experienced sexual harassment/assault for the first time.
Stopstreetharassment.org study statistics conducted in 2018
Research also shows an increased presence of women in the workplace or work environment led to less backlash and negative attitudes. The goal of the #Metoo movement is not just to help voices of victims be heard, but also to reduce incidents and hopefully increase equality in the workforce. However, the movement has taken an unexpected turn. According to an online study done by leanin.org, 60% of male managers were uncomfortable in engaging in activities or interacting with women. As a result, men in high positions of power are favoring less towards hiring women in fear of the #MeToo movement.
What is Victim Blaming?
The Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime defines victim-blaming as a devaluing act that occurs when the victim(s) of a crime or an accident is held responsible — in whole or in part — for the crimes that have been committed against them. “One effect of victim-blaming is the subsequent effect it has on the reporting of further crime. Victims who receive negative responses and blame tend to experience greater distress and are less likely to report future abuse” (crcvc.ca).
Statistics by metoomvmt.org
Police officers commit sexual assault at a significantly higher rate than the general population
- 76% of women were survivors of sexual abuse by the age of 13 in a study on a state-wide criminal justice system in Oregon.
- 1 in 8 people “had someone threaten to post and/or post sexually explicit images of them without their consent,” according to a 2017 study by the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI). Women were almost twice as likely to be the targets of nonconsensual pornography (NCP) than men.
After all, the goal of the MeeToo Movement is to empower women upon breaking silence by gaining strength in numbers.