We Need More Empathy Not More Criticism
Just recently the hashtag "#me too" was circulating around Facebook and Twitter. It was something that was hard for me to share, and it was hard for me to see how many of my friends and family had suffered; as well. It was shocking to see how many various friends had to endure it.
Yesterday, a female friend that I went to college with said something that upset and angered me. I just found it hard to let go of. She said that the hashtag in the 90's was a pound sign so people were just saying pound me, too. What was more disgusting to me was how many of her male friends were agreeing with her and making jokes like "# it". Really?
I didn't see how making light of a situation that hurt and wounded so many people was funny. Just because a situation hasn't happened to you or you can't relate to it doesn't mean that you can invalidate another person's truth, experience, or existence.
She probably meant no harm, but that's part of the problem. People say careless, insensitive things and then accuse others of being snowflakes if they don't particularly agree with their point of view.
I don't see why a hashtag that helps people heal and open up about experiences that they want to put behind them is a bad thing. Maybe people can try to be more empathetic.
Linda M. Crate is an author, poet, and writer whose works have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies both online and in print. She is the author of four chapbooks (the latest of which came through Flutter Press September 2017, My Wings Were Made to Fly) and the Magic Series. You can find her on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/Linda-M-Crate-129813357119547/.