Over to you, men. As thousands women around the world shout the words “me too” in unison to demonstrate the magnitude of sexual harassment women endure, men are now responding with their own positive hashtag.
The #MeToo hashtag has been used over 100K times following a rallying cry from Hollywood actor Alyssa Milano, who encouraged women to use the hashtag if they’d ever been harassed or assaulted.
But, now it’s men’s turn to step up to the plate. Men on Twitter are tweeting the hashtag #HowIWillChange, detailing everyday changes they will make to challenge sexual harassment.
The #HowIWillChange hashtag was created by writer Benjamin Law, who urged men to pledge to take action in the wake of #MeToo.
In a Twitter thread, Law outlined changes he plans to make to his mentality and behaviour. He wrote that he plans to question harassment and to not be passive when witnessing harassment taking place.
“Acknowledge that if all women I know has been sexually harassed, abused or assaulted, then I know perpetrators. Or am one,” Law wrote.
He pledged to “pull up” men he knows on sexism and “report them for rape.” “I have less to lose than women doing the same,” he continued.
Men followed Law’s suit, tweeting myriad ways in which they will make a change. Some men echoed Law’s commitment to calling out and take action against harassment, abuse, and inappropriate behaviour.
Some plan to be more vocal when confronted with evidence of rape culture and “lad culture”.
Some men vowed to acknowledge their own “capacity for harmful behaviour” and to take responsibility.
Others said they would “listen to women” more intently.
One man said he would make an effort to learn about women’s issues instead of expecting women to explain them for him.
Now it’s time to turn these words into actions.