Publicly, We Say #MeToo. Privately, We Have Misgivings

Article here. Excerpt:

'You can be sure that this weekend at the Golden Globes, Hollywood celebrities, not exactly known for their independent thinking, will turn the red carpet into a #MeToo moment replete with designer duds. Many have promised to wear black dresses to protest the stream of allegations against industry moguls and actors. Perhaps Meryl Streep will get grilled — again — about what she knew about Harvey Weinstein. The rest of us will diligently follow along on Twitter, sharing hashtags and suitably pious opprobrium.

But privately, I suspect, many of us, including many longstanding feminists, will be rolling our eyes, having had it with the reflexive and unnuanced sense of outrage that has accompanied this cause from its inception, turning a bona fide moment of moral accountability into a series of ad hoc and sometimes unproven accusations.

For many weeks now, the conversation that has been going on in private about this reckoning is radically different from the public one. This is not a good sign, suggesting the sort of social intimidation that is the underside of a culture of political correctness, such as we are increasingly living in.

The women I know — of all ages — have responded by and large with a mixture of slightly horrified excitement (bordering on titillation) as to who will be the next man accused and overt disbelief.'

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Don't bother talking to me

If you're a woman who supports the machine gun-like nature of #MeToo and its wild accusations/hit jobs on men, I do NOT want to know you, no matter how many misgivings you have. I do not keep company with anyone who lacks integrity to such a critical degree. All of us are guilty of run-of-the-mill hypocrisy. But supporting the viciousness of #MeToo run amok is far from routine. Publicly lending support for it is no less than like supporting the Salem witch trials.

I won't speak to you unless I absolutely have to. I won't fuck you, flirt with you, or have anything to do with you. A man or woman who supports the vicious and callous excesses of #MeToo is persona non grata in my life.

And I am much happier for it.

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