Memo to All Women: Best Way to Protect #MeToo Is to Think #UsToo

Carla Seaquist
7 min readMar 1, 2020

MEMORANDUM

To: All women

From: A former adjudicator of sexual harassment claims

Re: Fortifying #MeToo in the post-Harvey Weinstein era

With the guilty verdict of one-time Hollywood mogul and seemingly full-time sexual predator Harvey Weinstein reached this week (also here), the #MeToo movement — which had come to be seen as “gone too far” and “out of control” in the trial’s run-up — now gets a big, big break. Women of the world, let us take advantage of this big, big break — this window of opportunity — and work in concert to protect this historic and invaluable movement.

How? By getting on the same page in understanding how historic and invaluable #MeToo is. And understanding that, powerful as #MeToo is as social movement and force for change, it can also be damaged, even undone — even used against women — with comparatively little effort, spun into equal and opposing power by the force-multiplier of social media, by those wishing to push women back into subservience.

In other words, we must sail our worthy ship — call it Pequod — and chase the Great White Whale of sexual harassment — call it Moby-Dick — exercising our navigational skills in such a way that the behemoth does not outmaneuver us, is not allowed to turn round and ram this worthy ship of ours, destroying it as Moby-Dick did in Melville’s novel, leaving only “chips in the vortex.” Case in point: Climate science denialism got its big, big boost when, hacking the computers of climate scientists, deniers manipulated the data to “prove” that the scientists overstated dangerous trends.

Since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke in late 2017 in all its nauseating depredation, other famous men who wielded their power in equally nauseating ways over women have been exposed and seen their careers ruined: TV anchor Matt Lauer, talk-show host Charlie Rose, comedian Louis C.K., political guru Mark Halperin, opera singer Placido Domingo, litterateur Leon Wieseltier. Comedian Bill Cosby, whose long legal battles preceded this era, during this time finally was found guilty of his serial predations.

This reckoning of “toxic masculinity” (newly coined term) was enabled by the brave testimony of women — waves of women — who, sick of the depravity of these men, spoke out, thus giving a second wind to #MeToo, founded back in 2006 by Tarana Burke, and building it…

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Carla Seaquist

Our times examined via politics, culture, morality. Author, "Can America Save Itself from Decline?" (Vol. II). Playwright. Fmr. HuffPost. www.carlaseaquist.com.