Silicon Valley Man Still Misusing “Me Too” Despite Constant Intervention
Jason, a 35-year-old b2b tech marketing consultant, won’t stop using ‘me too.’
“I won’t stop. Me too matters. It deserves attention. Especially because I’ve been ‘me too-ed.’”
His friends, according to his ‘lady bruh,’ Sarah, have repeatedly told him to stop saying he got “me too-ed” — even staging an intervention to help him understand the challenges with what he said.
“I got ‘me too-ed’ last year and no one wants to talk about THAT,” he said. “It’s upsetting because men are being silenced. It’s serious. You don’t hear enough about men’s stories.”
Men’s stories? We’re curious, so we asked him to explain.
“You know, me too. I was ‘me too-ed.’ It’s a problem and I am here to stand with all who get ‘me too-ed’ too,” Jason states. “I know a lot of people who got ‘me too-ed.’”
His friend, Sarah, interjected quickly, “And, Jason knows because we’ve talked about this. You didn’t get ‘me too-ed.’ This isn’t about you. It’s about women. You were called into human resources because you said inappropriate things to female workers repeatedly. It’s false that you were ‘me too-ed.’”
“Right. I was falsely ‘me too-ed.’”
“Nope. Nope. You were not,” Sarah said emphatically as Jason winces.
“Jason. You don’t get ‘me too-ed.’ THAT is not a thing. It’s not DONE to you. You were called into human resources for saying sexually explicit things to your co-workers, and kept doing it after they asked you to stop.”
She continued, “No one ‘me too-ed’ you. The ‘me too’ movement is about recognizing the pervasive issue of harassment women experience and they’re saying ‘me too’ — meaning that THEY were harassed and by saying ‘me too’ they are making sure women know they are not alone. Jason, you have not been NOT harassed. You are not a victim; you’re part of a larger issue creating the ‘me too’ movement. You don’t ‘me too’ someone. Not a thing, man.”
“Exactly,” said Jason. “Tell THAT to human resources. I didn’t do that thing. HR falsely me too-ed’ me. I can’t be alone with my co-workers.”
“You are not ALLOWED to be anymore,” quipped Sarah.
“Totally because of human resources ‘me too-ing’ people,” Jason contends.
“Again, nope. Stop saying that,” said Sarah.
We asked Jason for his final thoughts: “Definitely DON’T get ‘me too-ed.’ It sucks.”
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