#Me Too is about more than stopping rape. We demand more | Jessica Valenti


People upset with #MeToo should consider whether they’re comfortable with norms that say anything short of rape is OK

There’s a modern feminist adage that women need to “ask for more”. We’ve been taught to underestimate our value – whether in salary negotiations or personal relationships – and if women just demanded what we’re really worth, we’re told, we might just get it.

But if the backlash to #MeToo has shown us anything, it’s that people don’t much like it when women refuse to settle for the bare minimum. The current criticism of the movement – sparked in earnest by accusations against Aziz Ansari – really comes down to outrage that women would dare ask for more.

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