Sexual exploitation through digital means is an epidemic that has been steadily growing for the past few years, in which men use social media platforms to express sexual violence and misogynistic messages.
The rise of sexism and sexual violence is no fluke; it’s a direct result of the violent culture we live in. More and more women are fighting back, using the hashtag ‘#metoo’ to share their experiences with sexual assault and abuse on social media platforms.
Since its inception, the hashtag #metoo has been used by over 10 million people for a variety of purposes and impacts. Some have used it to reminisce on past painful experiences or share their support for survivors. Others have taken the opportunity to criticize the movement, arguing that it’s too exclusive to women and that men deserve recognition. The issues with #metoo extend far beyond its history and politics, though; they stem directly from rape culture as a whole.