I remember very clearly the night that #MeToo broke and every use of that hashtag that I saw was people (both women and men) talking about their personal stories. Yes, it’s true I don’t know absolutely everyone on Facebook and Twitter, and there were no doubt some who used it simply to talk about the phenomenon, but from what I’ve seen and read, the vast majority of users that first night were talking about their own personal stories. It was only later that naysayers and random commenters upon the phenomenon began using that hashtag in any significant numbers. I’m sorry that this does not fit in with your preconceived notions, but based on the CDC stats (and those of the Bureau of Justice Statistics, and The Office for Victims of Crime, and RAINN, etc., etc.) which you have yet to refute, somewhere in the vicinity of 12 million is entirely possible. There also would have a more polite way to make that point rather than the way that you did.

It’s a strange kind of advocate for equality who wants to keep minimizing a crisis of that very thing. I like to understand where someone is coming from, even when I don’t agree with them. That’s part of why I’ve stuck with this for so long — curiosity. I must confess, I have no idea what your deal is, truly. It’s incredibly rare to come across a women who has that level of disdain for other women, so hence, my confusion and the llama.

And you are correct, I have no intention of listening to someone who has no data, no statistics, no compelling evidence of any kind to add to or refute that which I have presented. No data, no plan, nothing constructive to contribute to the conversation — only snark and derision for actual people who are actually hurting. Yeah, no…………………

Over and out!

FYI — calling people the names you’d really like to call them based on the hard-heartedness of their behavior can get you banned from Medium and I have a large following and a nice little side income, so I’d just assume not have that happen.

Dispelling cultural myths with research-driven stories. My favorite word is “specious.” Not fragile like a flower; fragile like a bomb! Twitter @ElleBeau

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