After #MeToo, Men Responds With #HowIWillChange

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Thousands and more of heart-touching posts about surviving sexual abuse and recounting horrifying episodes flooded the Internet recently with the hashtag #MeToo. After allegations of sexual harassment on Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein came to the fore, a powerful movement on social media lead men women and men to take to the Internet and share their painful stories. As a response to #MeToo, now men, with a sense of initiating change and not adhering to the status quo as a perpetrator or silent onlooker, have taken to the micro-blogging site with the hashtag #HowIWillChange.

An Australian writer Benjamin Law initiated the hashtag as a way of reaching out to men. “Guys, it’s our turn. After yesterday’s endless #MeToo stories of women being abused, assaulted and harassed, today we say #HowIWillChange,” he tweeted. He then continued to tweet a series of promises on the same Twitter thread, which subsequently went viral, with men across the world taking to the trend. “Regularly donate to a women’s shelter in my area,” “Pull up men I know on sexism & report them for rape. I have less to lose than women doing the same,” “Recognise anything we offer to do using this hashtag is already done by women every day and they cop endless abuse for it,” “Acknowledge that if all women I know has been sexually harassed, abused or assaulted, then I know perpetrators. Or am one,” are other tweets that followed.

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