The unspoken toll women of fame pay

August Strong

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Since society is a constantly changing phenomenon, the stereotypes and general rules and guidelines associated with it are constantly evolving. What was socially acceptable 100 years ago may or may not be today, and vice versa. One of the most prolific and striking examples of this constant remodeling of social inner workings is the idea of gender roles.

For centuries, perhaps millennia, women were often given the less physically demanding and more close-to-home duties instead of doing jobs like the ones their male counterparts would do. Because of this weaker and less macho image of women, crimes like rape and sexual assault came into prevalence, as men would often take advantage of women because of this social norm. This trend is embodied in no bigger stage than in that of Hollywood. For years, many directors, producers, and other figures of authority in film making would sexually abuse their female clients, with little to no punishment simply because of their power and status on the social totem pole.

However, in recent years, many female actresses have come forward to the world about their experiences. This wave of exposure to the public about the true behavior of men in the industry, in regards to their treating of women, has been coined the “#MeToo” (or simply MeToo) movement. The spread of feminism and women’s activism has fueled this movement. However the opportunity of exposing injustice is what really inspired these women. The courage for them to do so came from the actions of their peers, and has made it easier for all people to come out about things they don’t think are right.

“I definitely support it [the #MeToo movement] because it’s a really important movement that really applies to everyone, even though it’s more commonly associated with women. I think it’s really important for people with voices that can be heard, to openly speak out against that kind of thing because it happens everywhere all the time, and I think that if ‘regular’ people see that it happens even to those we would never see it happening to, then they’re not only more aware, but more capable and comfortable about speaking out when it happens to them too. Sexual harassment is never okay, and this movement has honestly been long overdue,” said senior Viviana Caballero.

But like all stories there are two sides to this ordeal. Those who object to the movement claim that it’s just furthering an established anti-man agenda. Because of the rapid spread of radical feminism it’s easy to see how many men are misrepresented and slandered in the media.

“Honestly, there are some women who want equal rights but won’t give in to equal responsibilities; like they want more opportunities yet expect to work less for them. Plus, the women who fake a rape accusation against someone but are proven to be lying get little if any punishment at all, while the accused man in that situation has his whole life ruined,” said sophomore Michael Carty.

So, whether individuals believe that the #MeToo movement was a necessary step in the right direction for all people, not just women or if they think it may have been taken too far and will just lead to more double standards in society, it is undeniable that this series of events has once again changed the world’s social outlines.

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