It began with women who spoke up and said, “Me too. I too am a victim of sexual assault. I too have been raped, and never said anything about it.” But there’s no reason why #MeToo should exclude men who are victims of sexual assault or rape. They’re out there, those guys. Straight or gay, it happens to men, although at a much, much lower rate than with women. Well, as far as we know, because we don’t know what the rate of male sexual assault is, since that too is not talked about.
If you’re a seriously manly man (to which I make no pretentions myself), how unmanly is it, after all, to be sexually assaulted or raped? Those same men who criticize #MeToo – saying now they can’t even look at a woman or their life could be ruined, just like poor Brett Kavanaugh’s – those same men would laugh and mock some guy who said he was sexually abused by a woman, or, worse yet in their eyes, by another man. (It’s worth noting that poor Brett Kavanaugh’s ruined and destroyed life seems to be recovering quite well, thank you, now that he’s on the Supreme Court.)
The evidence of men’s lives that have been unfairly ruined by false accusations of rape or sexual abuse is pretty thin. On the other hand, there is (growing) evidence of men’s lives that have been ruined because they did in fact rape or sexually abuse a woman; a woman who was brave enough to step forward and make the accusation; a woman who was believed when she made that accusation. Being believed, when the memory of her assailant is still very clear, is more than you can say for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who is still unable to return to her home because of threats of one kind or another. Her bravery has not been rewarded, but she has become an icon of bravery, and I hope that brings her some comfort.
This is a movement, if movement it is, for all the guys who are now afraid to look at women, or offer to buy them a drink in a bar, or tell some woman they’ve never met how sexy she looks in that short dress. And maybe give her a little squeeze on the breasts, because what woman doesn’t like to have her breasts squeezed every now and then?
Yes, as our boy president, D. Trump, noted a few days ago, “It’s a very scary time for young men in America when you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of.” I guess we have to give him some credit for using the word “may.”
Still, you never know when some woman you don’t remember meeting at a party that you don’t remember attending comes along years later and accuses you of sexually assaulting her – without her permission, even though she was drunk, and wearing that sexy short skirt. And yet she professes to remember you, and the room where it happened, and what song was playing on the radio while you tried to pull her clothes off. Even if something like that happened, which it didn’t, she was drunk, so she obviously mistook inoffensive boyish hijinks for something awful and regrettable. If it happened. Which it didn’t. Because she’s clearly mixed up.
So, under the banner of #HimToo, you can stand up to the obvious unfairness of all this #MeToo-ism, and fight back against the braying apparatus of politically correct, anti-man, entitled feminism that can come down on you, without warning, like a load of pricks – I mean bricks. Bricks. Your spirit can be crushed and your life ruined. Just because you’re a guy who wanted a little consequence-free fun. Man, what has the world come to?
This hasn’t gotten off the ground yet, but I think it has potential. So, while we’re waiting for that to spread around the internet like a prairie fire, let’s close with a little music, shall we? Cue Lynzy Lab.