Why #MeToo Is Crucial To Sexual Harassment Culture

Why #MeToo Is Crucial To Sexual Harassment Culture

No one should be forced into shame or silence.

Entertainment news headlines across all media sources has been discussing the controversial sexual harassment crimes of Harvey Weinstein, one of the co-creators of Miramax and The Weinstein Company. His works as an executive producer range from classics such as Pulp Fiction to the Scream series, making him one of the most influential people in Hollywood. However, Weinstein's success becomes irrelevant due the decades of sexual harassment that has been uncovered over the past couple of weeks.

Recently, many women have come out and exposed Harvey Weinstein on their experience of sexual assault. Reasoning behind these sudden experiences being released compared to the past mostly deals with Weinstein's access to power in the Hollywood industry. Many women say that they wanted help for their careers or were paid off by Weinstein to keep silent about the issue. But many Hollywood big name stars, such as Gwyeneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, and Cara Delevingne have come out with their encounters with Weinstein's harassment behavior and the number of women releasing their own stories involving Weinstein has increased over the past two weeks. Even men like Terry Crews, a man known for his strong and intimidating physique, had been groped in the pelvic region by another man, who Crews states as a Hollywood executive. This is just a singular case that can show that sexual harassment can happen to anyone, anywhere.

These strong acts of courage on speaking up in cases of sexual harassment has escalated on social media with #MeToo. Countless posts and stories on social media have brought light to victims of all genders, races, cultures, ethnicities and their experiences of sexual assault and harassment within all aspects of their lives; from on the street to in the workplace. These posts give inspiration to others who have experienced sexual assault and how there is no fault in the victim. The result is an overflowing system of support to victims as well as exposure to how sexual harassment has become such a huge part of mainstream culture.

The hashtag coming out of Harvey Weinstein's harassment exposure shouldn't be completely deemed a good thing. There is a dark history and meaning behind the social media tag that remains to be an issue globally. Adults and children of all ages and genders are being sexually harassed each and every day. From a study conducted by Cosmopolitan, more than 1 of 3 women are sexually harassed in the workplace. And out of that one-third of women, more than 79% did not report it to either their supervisors or higher up.

One of the defining factors of why these instances go under the radar and are left unreported is the victims fear and shame. The hashtag has brought out courage in victims who are afraid of being alone. It brings to light the concealed act of sexual harassment and how much it is taboo to talk about in society and social media. But in order it to stop, action needs to be taken. And becoming more aware of the frequency of these actions is the first step in order for this kind of behavior to cease.

So, on my own behalf, I would like to applaud the strong people who have openly expressed their experiences; whether on social media, to a friend, family member, co-worker, supervisor, boss, police or authorities. These people in their own right are heroes to others who are afraid to speak out. People who experienced sexual assault are not victims, they are survivors. Speaking out on an experience, or even experiences, requires pure strength. They should be dignified with the respect that they deserve for speaking up and standing up for themselves, as well as the others.

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9 Eligible Princes You Need To Know About Now That Prince Harry Is Off The Market

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Prince Harry's royal wedding is officially over and there won't be another British royal wedding for quite some time now, as Prince George is way too young to start thinking about that. Fortunately, there are plenty of other countries with plenty of other princes that are still eligible bachelors at the moment. Lucky for you, I did my research and compiled a list of all the eligible princes you need to know about know that Prince Harry has tied the knot with Meghan Markle.

1. Prince Louis of Luxembourg (31)

Prince Louis is the third son of the Grand Duke Henri and Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg. He has recently become a bachelor again after his separation with his wife of 10 years, Princess Tessy.

Fun Fact: He graduated from Richmond, The American International University of London with a BA in Communications. He can also speak Luxembourgish (the fact that's even a language is fun fact by itself), French, German, and English fluently.

2. Prince Sebastien of Luxembourg (26)

Prince Sebastien is the youngest child of the Grand Duke Henri and Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg, so if you marry him, you'll probably never actually be queen because he's pretty far removed from the throne. However, he's relatively young and single, so best of luck.

Fun Fact: For some bizarre reason, this prince actually went to college in Ohio. He played rugby and graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2015. Now, he is back in his home country and is an officer in the Luxembourg Army.

3. Prince Phillipos of Greece and Denmark (34)

You read that correctly, Prince Phillipos is the prince of not one, but two countries. He is the youngest son of King Constantine and Queen Anne Marie of Greece and Denmark. Unfortunately, Greece abolished their monarchy, so he's a prince in name only there.

Fun Fact: Like Prince Sebastien, Prince Phillipos also went to college in the United States. He earned his B.A. in foreign relations from Georgetown University in 2008. Fortunately, for us American girls, he is actually still living in the US and he works in New York City as an analyst at Ortelius Capital.

4. Prince Albert of Thurn and Taxis (34)

Ever heard of Thurn and Taxis? No? Me neither. Anyways, Prince Albert is from the House of Thurn and Taxis, which is essentially a very old German aristocratic family. He is the son of Prince Johannes XI of Thurn and Taxis and Countess Gloria of Schonburg Glauchau. His family is well known for their breweries and castles, so unless you're gluten-free, you can't really complain.

Fun Fact: He's not just a prince. He's also a racecar driver and 10 years ago he was ranked 11th on Forbes Magazine's List of The 20 Hottest Young Royals.

5. Prince Mateen of Brunei (26)

Prince Mateen is basically like all the guys you already know, except he's royalty. He's the prince of Brunei, which is a small country on the island of Borneo, south of Vietnam. He is one of the five sons of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, and he also has seven sisters. Maybe that's a little different than the guys you know, but one thing he takes very seriously, just like most frat guys, is his Instagram.

Fun Fact: Mateen enjoys playing polo, flying in his private plane, cuddling cute wild animals, and keeping up his Insta game with 890k followers. You can follow him @tmski.

6. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai (35)

Sheikh Hamdan also has a killer Instagram with 6.3 million followers. Anyways, Sheikh Hamdan is the billionaire crown prince of Dubai and the second son of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and essentially the king of Dubai (Emir). He's actually next in line for the throne because his older brother died in 2015.

Fun Fact: Hamdan's hobbies include skydiving, zip lining, and diving, just to name a few, so if you're an adrenaline junkie, Sheikh Hamdan is the prince for you.

7. Prince Hussein of Jordan (23)

Prince Hussain is the son of the extremely beautiful, Queen Rania and Abdullah II of Jordan and next in line for the Jordanian throne. At 23, he's already a second lieutenant in the Jordanian Armed Forces and he was the youngest person ever to chair a UN Security Council Meeting

Fun Fact: Like Prince Phillippos, Prince Hussain also graduated from Georgetown University in Washington D.C.. Also, like Prince Mateen and Prince Hamdan, he's Insta famous with 1.3 million followers and you can follow him @alhusseinjo.

8. Prince Constantine-Alexios of Greece and Denmark (19)

Like Prince Phillipos, Prince Constantine-Alexios also has two countries. Lucky for us though, he is also living in the US right now attending Georgetown University in Washington D.C. (like pretty much every other prince, amirite?) He is the oldest son of Crown Princess Marie-Chantal and Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece.

Fun Fact: He's Prince William's godson, so that's pretty neat. However, if that wasn't cool enough, you might like to know that this Greek/Danish prince was actually born in New York. Oh yeah, you can also follow him on Instagram @alexiosgreece where he has 88.7k followers.

9. Prince Joachim of Belgium (26)

Prince Joachim of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este is the third child of Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este and Princess Astrid of Belgium. Although he bears the title, "Prince of Belgium," he is also Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Royal of Hungary and Bohemia, and Prince of Modena. Unfortunately, he'll probably never actually be king in any of these countries as he is ninth in line to the Belgian throne.

Fun Fact: Prince Joachim has degrees in economics, management, and finance, but he decided to join the Nautical School in Brugge after completing college and is currently an officer in the Belgian Navy.

Hope is not lost for all you girls dreaming of finding a Prince Charming that's literally a prince. After reviewing the data, my best advice is to transfer to Georgetown where princes are basically around every corner.

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