Thinking Pastorally about ‘Me Too’
Reviewers of 2017 have proclaimed it ‘an extraordinary 12 months for women.’
1 It began with U.S. women’s marches in protest of the Trump presidency and in support of women’s rights, with sistermarches held in solidarity in Ireland and on every continent around the world.
2 It closed with Time magazine naming the ‘silence-breakers’ – women and men who spoke out against sexual abuse and harassment – ‘person of the year.’
3 These silence breakers worked within about a dozen different industries, but the stories they shared had a familiar form that resonated with people worldwide: they described ‘the vulgarity of the harassment itself – years of lewd comments, forced kisses, opportunistic gropes – but also the emotional and psychological fallout from those advances.