If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote "Me too." as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.
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I was in two minds about the me too campaign when I saw it. But I don't know why. I always am when I post anything that might make people feel uncomfortable. But I think it is important to highlight the pervasive nature of harassment, abuse and inequality that exists in society. The experience I've had with such things, I will admit, still effects my interactions with men to this day. I remember being 11 at a primary school fete, and being approached by older teenagers who were at the high school I would eventually go to. I was told by them they were putting me on lay-by for years to come. That was one of my earliest uncomfortable experiences. For me, attention from men was always a two edged sword. On the one hand, it made me feel uncomfortable and anxious. At other times, it's validated my low self esteem that tells me I'm not pretty enough, as I don't look like the 'ideal' woman (whatever that is). What does stick with me all these years, is not only the actions of men themselves, but also the actions of seemingly 'well meaning' people around me. From a young age, it was never men that got the blame for their actions, it was always something I'd done. You shouldn't dress like that, you're inviting trouble; you've got too much make up on; you shouldn't drink too much you're asking for it etc etc. Growing up having blonde hair, I was ridiculed on the one hand because I was a 'dumb blonde' (even though I was generally more intelligent than those dishing out the jokes), on the other hand you were sexualised even still. 'Blondes have more fun'. Now I'm travelling, having blonde hair is even considered a more dangerous attribute in certain parts of the world in regards to being at risk of sexual assault. But that's neither here nor there, just my personal experience. Being a solo female traveller, regardless of hair colour, is considered such an adventurous thing. We're 'risk takers' because the world is still more dangerous for women. More in comments below ⬇️