Alyssa Milano and Tarana Burke Want a New Hashtag: #HerToo
The #MeToo movement has brought seemingly endless stories of harassment and assault out of the darkness and into the light. Yet for every story that makes the headlines, countless others remain unheard — not just in the United States but around the world.
In an editorial published Wednesday in The Guardian, actress Alyssa Milano and activist Tarana Burke address these women and girls who cannot speak out, and attempt to give them a voice with a new movement: #HerToo.
“#HerToo is about our deepest desire to ensure the dignity of every woman and girl is honored,” the women write. “It’s about our personal dedication to building a culture of respect where it is sorely lacking.”
Burke and Milano announced they are collaborating with Unicef USA to make #HerToo the international call to action that #MeToo has become.
For Burke, the #MeToo movement has come about 10 years late. She started the original “Me, Too” back in 2007 to provide support for survivors of sexual violence who were marginalized, poor, or underrepresented. Milano’s #MeToo tweet back in October ignited a movement that Burke had been working at for years.
Together, the women aim to bring attention to the women and girls who can’t speak out for fear of punishment, shame, or violence.
“When we speak up to protect the rights of girls and women, we are not only preventing their suffering – we are protecting our shared future.”
To some extent, the #MeToo movement has brought attention to the plight of women and girls beyond a few high profile Americans. The LA Times recently ran a story about the African Kingdom of Lesotho, and “What happens when society ignores sexual assault.” But many others lament the lack of stories about women beyond Hollywood and society’s upper echelons. In a piece published Wednesday in Vox, author P.R. Lockhart describes how women of color in low-wage jobs are being shut out of the #MeToo movement.
Is #HerToo the answer?
Twitter is already catching fire with the new hashtag:
— JoanneFromIowa (@JoanneFromIowa) December 21, 2017
— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) December 21, 2017
While most are applauding the initiative, some are questioning the specifics of what #HerToo in hoping to achieve.
I need more clarification on exactly what #HerToo is supposed/going to be. @TaranaBurke and @Alyssa_Milano‘s intro article isn’t clear on meaning & intent; my immediate thought is that it’s going to get people outed as victims who don’t want to be or aren’t comfortable doing so.
— Alex Green (@atothegreen) December 21, 2017
Those interested in learning more about the women and girls Milano and Burke are talking about can check out Unicef’s November report on the topic. Aptly titled “Raising our Voices for #HerToo,” the report outlines exactly what is at stake with #HerToo: the 9 million girls who are victims of sexual assault each year.
(Photos by Neilson Barnard + contributor / Getty)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)