#MeToo On The Mat

Surprised?

The hashtag #MeToo has gone viral, in an(other) attempt to show the world how many women have experienced sexual harassment and/or assault. As this happens everywhere, this means that countless women will be able to say “Me too” about certain experiences on the mat.

This message is not about the exact number of women that have been sexually harrased or assaulted on the mat. Simply because 1 woman, is 1 woman too many.

This message is about us – all of us. Us women and us men, who train jiu jitsu, and share the mat together.

It comes down to this: we all need to say something. Yet, if all the women speak up and let the men stay quiet – then where is their responsiblity in this? I’m not talking about the actual harassment or assault. It’s the little things, that may not be so little. How many times do we hear degrading comments about women, and nobody says a thing? Even worse: it’s getting down-played as “locker room talk”.

So here’s to everyone: if you are a part of this, whether you are saying it,¬†laughing along with it, or just staying quiet – you are approving of it. And it creates the basis for a certain attitude and eventually a certain way of treating women.

Women speak up by saying “Me too”.
Now guys, is your time to speak up as well.

This article has been inspired by this article in the Huffington Post: “The Problem With Asking Women To Say ‘Me Too’ “

 

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Rose el Sharouni

Rose is a brown belt at Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy Amsterdam (Checkmat). Besides being one of the co-founders of Ladies Only BJJ, she is a full-time medicine student and holds a MsC degree in Sports Sciences.

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