The problem with the #MeToo movement isn’t that it goes too far. It’s that it doesn’t go far enough.
Women across the country are crying out #MeToo when it comes to sexual assault by the hands of men. Sexual assault is wrong and I applaud them for speaking up. Followers of Jesus should be leading that charge (in particular, male followers of Jesus).
But there is an astoundingly prevalent and even more widespread issue that those who speak out against sexual assault are not talking about at all: pornography.
Looking at pictures of scantily clad or naked women is mental sexual assault. It is imagining doing things to a woman without her consent. It’s selfish, graphic, and objectifying.
Is it the same as sexual assault? No, but they are cousins. The man who looks at porn and the man who rapes a woman have the same heart–one driven by lust, power, and control. What is the difference between looking at pornography and sexual assault? Opportunity.
Do we really think that men can gratify themselves through a video or picture of a woman without that impacting how they interact with women in person?
Why aren’t the women crying #MeToo concerned about an industry that makes billions of dollars each year off of objectifying (mainly) women? Is it because women in porn get paid to be mentally sexually assaulted by thousands of men? Perhaps then I should be comparing it to prostitution.
The truth is, women are even more valuable than those in the #MeToo movement realize. They are made in the image of God Himself. He has crafted each of them to be His unique masterpiece. God thinks they’re so valuable that He sent His Son to die for them to redeem them.
If we realized the true value of every woman in the world, surely we should also discern that sexual assault shouldn’t be the last thing we speak against. It should be the first.