Fair warning: today’s post is strictly commentary.
Among the numerous reasons #MeToo stories exist, is a profound lack of empathy.
We can all listen to these stories but putting yourself in someone’s position to understand and share their feelings requires some work.
A key component of empathy is seeing others as equals and if you’re a man (even those of you that feel progressive on this topic), do yourself a favor and think about how your Thanksgiving Day unfolds. Is your contribution limited to helping with setting the table and doing some dishes…but only so long as it doesn’t interrupt something else?
The reasons behind historical inequities masquerading as tradition and celebration are numerous. But in the end, accepting a lopsided sexual division of labor around holiday meals is one element in the otherwise larger forces of erosion which relentlessly corrode the foundation of equality.
In turn, even this seemingly innocuous internalization of inequality can manifest into a lack of empathy and/or judgement. Fortunately, the path to making things right can start this week:
If you’re a man and genuinely want to help change the #MeToo environment for the better, take time this Thanksgiving to stop one of the most flagrant acts of entitlement driven inequality by helping to prepare and serve the meal, then clean up afterward.