Lina spoke about the fact that the #metoo movement shifted the burden of risks that have been thaught to and experienced by young females throughout the years, to now include risks for men. With several voices speaking up and with fingers pointing out malfeasant behavior, men take a risk to be suspected or accused of assault and harassments. She quoted Kathrina Berndt Rasmussen, post-doc at the Institute for Futures Studies, in her analysis of the #metoo-movement, where she highlighted the following paradigm shift:
The norm before (women): do not send the wrong signals, do not dress ”too” sexy, do not go home with someone you don´t know, do not go through the park at night.
The norm after (men): do not send the wrong signals, do not touch or comment, make sure of willingness and reciprocity.
- Unwritten/unspoken rule
- Inconstant, often connected to a specific situation
- Those who follow the norm are included, those who break the norm are excluded
- Often first noticed when broken
We learned that there are unspoken norms which we bring to work. These norms often produce a culture of silence, which needs to be broken to achieve progress in the subject of gender equality and create environments where women feel free and safe from sexual harassment.