Me Too Headquarters, Washington, D. C. Woof Blister reporting. In a passing statement that had no apparent relationship to the Me Too movement, the organization's media office inadvertently created an uproar that has drawn widespread condemnation of the movement for its apparent male chauvinism.
A press release about the daily activities at the group's main office began with a cute reference to a rabbit gamboling through the flower garden out front. "Our bunny's back and he's nibbling on the nasturtiums. That's why we call him Nibbles. A squirrel is eating sunflower seeds that we throw out to him, and the two get along well. We think there is a moral to be drawn from that."
Instantly, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook lit up with charges of sexism against Me Too. A typical response read: "The "moral" is that Me Too harbors a feeling of subservience to men. Why do you assume the bunny's a male? And can Me Too's press agent really tell the difference between a male and a female squirrel? Why is it that you have to apply a gender to an animal whose sex is unknown? And why did you automatically assume they were both males? Doesn't that reveal a hidden acceptance of male superiority and the inferior status of females?"
When Me Too issued a follow-up statement disavowing the sexism of the press release, but noting that it is common to use the male gender when referring to the undetermined nature of a bunny's sex, the outrage was even greater. Me Too has chosen to ignore the outbursts and to move on.