#MeToo Overreach Is Demonizing Men | Opinion

The following is a lightly edited transcript of remarks made by Kat Rosenfield during a Newsweek podcast debate on the legacy of the #MeToo movement. You can listen to the podcast here:

One of the most important things the #MeToo movement accomplished was to highlight the unfairness and raise important questions about how women are seen in the workplace and professional spheres through a sexual lens. If you're sexually desirable, it can impose a lot of pressure and unfairness. Also, if you're not desirable and you sense that's interfering with your ability to get ahead in the workplace, that is also unfair, and it shouldn't happen.

That conversation was important, it should have been had, and it still needs to be had.

But #MeToo in its latter incarnation has moved a little too far in another direction: Rather than talking about what women want, which would be a healthy place to go, it has begun to demonize male sexuality and desire as if it's inherently predatory.

This has seeped into the discourse a great deal, to the point where it's very hard to have a conversation about #MeToo without going in that direction.

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Protest sign that says #METOO at #METOO rally on December 9, 2017 in New York City. Bill Tompkins/Getty Images

Kat Rosenfield is a culture writer and novelist. Her next book, No One Will Miss Her, will be published by William Morrow in October 2021.

The views in this article are the writer's own.