DANIEL VAUGHAN: From #MeToo To Re-Education Camps

 June 24, 2024

In 2017, Ronan Farrow's reporting on Harvey Weinstein triggered the #MeToo movement. Weinstein is still fighting off trial charges based on that reporting. Men like Matt Lauer are trying to make comebacks after getting accused of assault. In short, there was a reckoning of sorts with women who were raped or sexually assaulted in some way. And then it disappeared, and the reckoning ended.

The replacement for that is, increasingly, the total opposite. In the United Kingdom, a group of female nurses told hospital management "about the 'intimidating' behaviour of a trans colleague in their shared changing room." Instead of getting heard or taken seriously, "[the officials dismissed] the concerns of the long-serving staff members, they allegedly told the nurses they needed to get 'educated' and broaden their minds."

The Daily Mail added, "The nurses say their colleague – who is understood not to have had gender reassignment surgery – had told fellow workers at Darlington Memorial Hospital they had stopped taking cross-sex hormones because they were trying to get their girlfriend pregnant and therefore is 'a sexually active biological male.'"

The National Health Service is a government-run entity that operates healthcare in the UK. So, this kind of commentary is the state telling women that they need to be educated instead of taking complaints seriously.

That brings me back to #MeToo. What happened?

The mantra was "Listen to all women." Now, we have an identical situation. Had it happened during the peak of the #MeToo movement, we'd have gotten the polar opposite reaction. Women are being told to shut up and get educated.

One of the nurses was "close to tears" during one incident in the changing room. Her situation was:

The woman – who was sexually abused as a child, has post-traumatic stress disorder and struggles to be alone around men – added: 'He stood there, two metres from me, with a scrub top on and with tight black boxer shorts with holes in them and asked [again] whether I was getting changed yet... I felt glued to my seat, I could not move. My hands started to sweat. I was petrified and felt sick and began hyperventilating.'

Instead of using the changing rooms, some of the women are now using bathroom stalls to change instead of designated areas.

The hospital is sticking to the legal boilerplate," the claims being made are allegations which need to be thoroughly investigated and reviewed." And I get that. It's also clear that this is not the standard of the #MeToo movement.

In politics, I know what happened. While Democrats like talking about Donald Trump and the hush money cases, they lost their zeal when it came time to discuss more and more Democratic politicians.

In 2020, discussions of Donald Trump's infidelities were matched with accusations from Tara Reade. She got brushed aside. And none of this touches the items covered in Ashley Biden's diary.

In 2017, these kinds of claims would have aired and been heard in national outlets worldwide, and no politician, including Joe Biden, would have survived them. However, we got the opposite: the Democratic Party values Biden's chances of winning above anything else, and any claims got shoved into a locker. That also included any other negative stories, like Hunter Biden's laptop.

But without the politics, you'd think some part of #MeToo would trickle into the handbooks of human resources companies worldwide. That hasn't happened either, as evidenced by the UK government's resistance to women reporting issues in their workspaces. They can barely get a hearing over this.

There's a certain level of class dynamics at play here, too. #MeToo first exploded on social media because very famous celebrities put their weight behind it, significantly boosting it. That's gone now. Meanwhile, the average woman can't rely on a super-massive platform to strengthen her voice. She's left reporting things to HR.

And HR, in turn, has gotten infected by woke morality, which makes women second-place to whatever is the new flavor of the week in sexual identity and mores. According to these women, the claims of one biological male are overriding the fears and concerns of an entire department of female nurses of varying ages, religions, and beliefs.

At its simplest level, #MeToo meant listening to women and giving them a voice. That is no longer the expectation. Now, everyone is expected to line up and get educated with the "right beliefs" before saying anything. And if your personal concerns don't align with the "right beliefs," you must get further education.

#MeToo is no more. It was replaced with a new form of authoritarianism that has more in common with Harvey Weinstein than it wants to admit.

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