From the start, MeToo was a movement against sexual harassment and abuse.
But it’s been a lot more than just a hashtag.
As of the end of September, MeThat is more than 500 million Twitter followers and counting.
It’s also an app that’s been making the rounds in social media for users who feel it’s important to have a voice.
“It’s kind of a self-starter to be able to get involved in this,” says Jessica Ehrlich, co-founder and CEO of the app.
“A lot of people are like, ‘Oh, I have a social anxiety disorder or whatever,’ and they want a way to have this conversation about the way they’re feeling.”
Ehrlich says it’s the perfect app for those who are unsure how to make it as an activist or a speaker.
“I think it’s just a really simple way to reach out and have that conversation,” she says.
“Because you have to make a list of all the people you’re working with or interacting with, and you’re going to have to think about what you want to say, and what you’re comfortable saying, and just do that to really understand what’s going on.”
MeToo, as a tool, can also help women like Ehrliches who are struggling to fit into the traditional gender roles.
“If you’ve never had to make an uncomfortable decision and you just want to know what to do, then this is the tool for you,” Ehrle says.
MeToo can also be a way for women to learn about the power dynamics within their communities and to make their voices heard.
“When you’re a woman, you can feel like you’re not heard.
That’s just the reality of your gender,” Echlich says.
Women are more likely to be silent in their communities than men, so it’s vital that they know how to use this tool to their advantage.
“You have to be open and be able communicate your opinions without judgement, and if you’re uncomfortable with your opinions or your beliefs or your thoughts, then I think that’s where you need to be,” Eichlich says, pointing out that it’s also important for women who have been victims of sexual abuse to be comfortable talking about the experiences.
“MeToo is about empowering women and allowing them to be empowered and open to the conversation,” Ehlich says.
Ehrlie says that if you want the tools you need, then you need the tools.
“There’s so many ways you can learn and learn to do things differently,” she explains.
“We’re talking about a new kind of tool that is going to help you be more productive, and be more successful.
That is the new power in women.”
MeThat isn’t the only tool on the app’s list of recommendations.
There are also a few tools that help you find other women to connect with on a more personal level.
“The first thing that people are looking for is people who have experiences that they’ve shared publicly,” Ehmert says.
“[And] then the second thing that they’re looking for are people who are passionate about this issue.
And they’re really passionate about it, and they’re talking to other people about it.
That’s the really interesting part, the people that have really had these experiences that are shared on the platform.”