Minerva's Breakdown: #NotMeToo 

"You may feel empowered by that, and girl, I get it."

DEAR MINERVA,

I have been dwelling on my thoughts about the #MeToo movement for awhile. I get some of it. However, I see a lot of women posting screenshots on social media after men message them come-ons or dirty pics. I think it's tacky to post these kinds of things and I don't understand why they are offended. I love getting messages like that. They make me feel like I am pretty and appealing. I have tried to share my feelings about it but then I get attacked and told that I am ignorant. I just don't get the big deal. Am I wrong?

—Sincerely, #NotMeToo

DEAR #Not,

I appreciate your perspective. I haven't heard many people sharing this point of view. It is noticeably absent from the conversation and for good reason. You see, the #MeToo movement is not about people who consent to sexually explicit messages. The #MeToo movement is about sharing and exposing people's personal experiences of being sexually harassed and assaulted. If you enjoy the unsolicited, explicit pictures and messages, there is nothing wrong with that. You consent to that in your own way. You may feel empowered by that, and girl, I get it. I have personally never been offended by it either. However, you must realize that many people feel threatened my such things. Unwelcome sexual advances are a serious issue and we must make space for people who feel violated and encourage everyone to approach such things with consent as their foremost thought. Enjoy your messages and respect that some people are hurt by the same.

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