The #MeToo Movement – Can It Go Too Far?
“The #MeToo movement is a one-way system of justice: With a few Tweets, it can serve to forever stigmatize a man as guilty; but it can never restore his reputation if he turns out to be innocent. #MeToo can deliver infamy, but never absolution. There is no judge, no court, no Archdiocese to which one can plead the case for review, pardon or parole.”
“Some critics of #MeToo have worried that, in extreme cases, it might become an inquisition. But the comparison is inapt. The Tribunal of the Holy Office of the Inquisition could condemn a person to death for practicing Judaism, witchcraft or blasphemy. But it could also authoritatively absolve a person of such charges. This is the benefit of a system in which some formal mechanism of church or state pronounces definitively on matters of guilt, innocence and redemption: No matter how inexact or unfair the process, there is always hope that one can re-enter society, rebuild one’s reputation, and earn a livelihood. In the case of the current wave of men accused of sexual assault or harassment, on the other hand, that’s impossible.”
“An all-or-nothing process that can mete out exactly one kind of punishment — a lifetime of disgrace, or nothing at all — provides us with a thrilling kind of moral theatre, in which pure villains such as Harvey Weinstein get their due. But in cases where the facts are less damning, this black-and-white, permanent-ink approach doesn’t reflect the way most ordinary men and women judge — and eventually forgive — one another.”
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