How Christians Should Deal with the #metoo Movement
By Faith Magbanua, October 23, 2017 22:10 PM
Just a few weeks ago, news of sexual harassment from entertainment mogul Harvey Weinstein surfaced the interwebs and it not only shocked each and everyone of us, but the women who bravely stated they they have been sexually harassed. The news changed the course for women and men equality once and for all.
More and more Hollywood actresss, even K-pop stars like F(x)'s Amber, has shared their different experiences when it comes to being sexually harassed. However, what broke the "all women" chains was when Finn Wolfhard (best known for his Netfilx original series, Stranger Things) decided to step up because of news that his talent agent Tyler Grasham has been allegedly accused of harassment.
Amid allegations that he had-according to The Hollywood Reporter-"sexually assaulted or acted inappropriately with young aspiring male actors." Grasham, who works for APA, was put on leave while the agency investigated the claims against him, and a separate Hollywood Reporter story says that he has now been fired.
Grasham was a "prominent" agent in Hollywood with a specific focus on "youth talent," and APA's investigation into him was prompted by filmmaker Blaise Godbe Lipman, who posted allegations against Grasham on Facebook recently.
What is #metoo movement?
For starters, the #MeToo movement was actually launched over 10 years ago, by a black activist.
Tarana Burke initially launched "Me Too" as a grassroots movement to provide "empowerment through empathy" to survivors of sexual abuse, assault, exploitation, and harassment in underprivileged communities who typically don't have access to rape crisis centers or counselors, she told Ebony.
Burke is also the founder and director of Just Be Inc., a nonprofit organization launched in 2006 that is "focused on the health, well-being, and wholeness of young women of color." Since initially launching the Me Too movement, she founded an online support network of the same name that aims to support and amplify the voices of survivors of sexual abuse, assault, and exploitation.
Why does it matter?
Nowadays, whether we like it or not, more and more people are being harassed and sexually assaulted not just in their homes but also in their everyday activities. Be it at school, in the office or even just casually buying ice cream.
Sexual harassment is a disease that no one takes notice of unless someone prominent decided to voice herself/himself out.
Sexual assault not only applies to women but also to men, though women are the main target of harassment. Take for example how many people stereotype what women can and cannot do.
It is once said that a woman should be sheltered and just stay at home to take care of the chores without even asking for that woman's opinion.
How does it apply to us Christians?
The Bible says in a verse in Ephesians 5:25
"Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her." And yes, the wife should also respect the husband but respect comes with love not fear.
Respect is to be earned and not implied to, and most of all, respect is a sign of obedience to the Lord.
As Christians, we should know that good manners and right conduct doesn't only start at home, it is taught at home and be taught, meaning that the child should see us as an example.
There will be no rapists if everyone in their home is teaching his or her son to respect the opposite sex. There will be no harassment if we learn to respect each other and there will be no need for that #meetoo movement if we just show love to one another.
We should never discriminate, never promote hatred and never be afraid if what we are fighting for is right.
Let us promote love and be ambassadors of good will to each and every one of us. It doesn't mean that what most people are doing is right because majority wins, sometimes the rightful thing to do happens when nobody sees it coming.
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