The year 2017 saw the rise of the #MeToo movement, an international online movement against sexual harassment and assault especially in the workplace. While it gained traction from the media coverage of the sexual assault and harassment allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, the movement continues six months into 2018 with many women standing up to be heard.
Here are three of several TED talks given by women about this issue and the various ways women were silenced and forced to carry on through their hardships.
Why women stay silent after sexual assault | Inés Hercovich
Sociologist and social psychologist Inés Hercovich asks why is it that women who are victims of sexual assault rarely speak up about their experiences. “Because they fear they won’t be believed,” she explains. “Because when a woman tells what happened to her, she tells us things we can’t imagine, things that disturb us, things we don’t expect to hear, things that shock us.”
Get comfortable with being uncomfortable | Luvvie Ajayi
“Your silence serves no one,” says Luvvie Ajayi, a writer, activist, and “professional troublemaker.” In her talk, she poses three questions women should ask themselves if they’re “teetering on the edge of speaking up or quieting down” and “encourages all of us to get a little more comfortable with being uncomfortable.”
A woman’s fury holds lifetimes of wisdom | Tracee Ellis Ross
Actor and activist Tracee Eliss Ross (from ABC’s “Blackish”), recounts a story of her friend, an all-too-familiar account for many women who experience a “fury” when men “help themselves to women’s bodies without their consent.”
Watch more TED talks about women and women’s issues here.
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