Every morning, my scalding chai turns cold as I begin to catch up on the trending stories hash tagged #MeToo. Now that my life is forcibly tied to the social media, most of the time I do not have the option of being oblivious to it.
I’m not here to take sides for people or share an incident from my own book. Rather, this article is intended to convey what exactly my mom brain perceives when an appalling #MeToo tweet pops up on the screen.
In 2017, I remember seeing my Facebook timeline being flooded with my friends’ posts tagged #MeToo, where they almost openly shared painful incidents of how they unceremoniously fell victim to lecherous acts. Somehow they felt it was time to come out of the shell of fear and let the world know their darkest secrets that they had been lugging for years. I was pregnant with baby D then, hence had a shilpit mind. The sudden liberation of #MeToo bitterness caused an excruciating pain in contrast to the inexpensive guffaws my best friends and the parenting memes pages otherwise offered. Despite the mental unrest caused, for some reason, I also felt grateful for the transparency in social media which unfolds the unsaid truth and brings them into limelight.
As a media savvy person, I’m concerned with the return of #MeToo whose popularity has exponentially intensified than before. Albeit, in a different way. This time of the year, I hear more from celebutantes who are ardently acknowledged and supported by the masses. While there is also a similar group of hoi polloi on the other side who stand in favor of the alleged miscreants. The media gives too much information these days which instead of improving the clarity of details, only further obscures the reality to the common man. With this hashtag gaining a substantial attention among even the media-shy masses, I wish the social media could deal with this over-emphasis in a legitimate manner.
Rather than posting and provoking abysmal digressions, the better alternative would be to educate one’s family about the morales concerning the self and the society. Observing and discussing the insecurities of the littlest members of our family, in my opinion, can keep more #MeToo stories under check.
In third world countries like India, we screen our familial conversation to a limited list of topics, which apparently rules out dealing with some of the unasked questions of our confused children. How on earth can we expect the next generation to hold on to irreproachable moral values without us having a clear idea of it? As a parent, I am worried about how some of the society’s burning issues are gaining attention only in the Internet and not among any of the rule-makers of the nation. Perhaps, this is not primarily about the government’s punctured vigilance but is more of an issue restricted to an individual’s upbringing and societal exposure.
The important lesson learnt from the magnitude of this issue is to assimilate these cases and find ways to banish such heinous coercion in future. The key is to discuss this issue and bring more awareness on self-protection, saying No, seeking support and most importantly, not to be a malefactor in someone else’s life.
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