Things feel different this week. As if this practice of naming and truth telling and taking responsibility has revealed us in new ways. We’ve been changed by our words. By one another.

But it hurts. It’s heartbreaking. And yes, #MeToo.

The movement that was started by Tarana Burke some 10 years ago was intended as a means to combat violence against women and cultivate empowerment through empathy. But #MeToo is not created equal.

The experience of sexual assault and violence is compounded by systems of violence that disproportionately impact people based on race, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, economic inequality, and religion.

The #metoo movement teaches us the intersectionality of our issues and how much richer the conversation is when everyone is seen and heard.

Susan Thistlethwaite challenges us to:

“See the bodies, minds and spirits of each #MeToo post in their incredible diversity. And then act like you do.”

So this week, we’re dedicating this issue to all who are speaking up, reaching out, and calling in. We commit ourselves to not letting this be just another hashtag moment. Let this urgency be felt into the future. Let it be reflected in our actions. Let it be healed.

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If we don’t recognize the diversity behind each #metoo post, we won’t recognize the many systems that keep gender violence alive. We have to “see beyond the hashtag.” Must read