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Falsely Accusing #MeToo: Labeling Theory, Social Media, and Public Opinion

Hale to the Chief?

“…social groups create deviance by making the rules whose infraction constitutes deviance, and by applying those rules to particular people and labeling them as outsiders. From this point of view, deviance is not a quality of the act the person commits, but rather a consequence of the application by others of rules and sanctions to an “offender”. The deviant is one to who that label has successfully been applied; deviant behavior is behavior that people so label”

Arguably, the #MeToo movement is essentially a (social group’s) created standard. A standard from the stand point that even an accusation of sexual impropriety, particularly towards a woman, counts as an infraction against the new rules of social consciousness regarding sexual assault victims. The accused now carries the label of being a deviant, which has been successfully applied to them.

“Investigators found it “impossible to determine what, if anything, occurred that evening between Ms. Reddington and Mr. Goldman. There is no credible (proof) of any sexual conduct in this case, consensual or non-consensual” (Boniello, 2018).

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Catherine Reddington and Alex Goldman Facebook; Brooklyn Federal Court

“I went from being a college student to sitting at home being expelled, with no way to clear my name,” St. Hilaire told the judge, as Yovino smirked just a few feet away. “I just hope she knows what she has done to me. My life will never be the same. I did nothing wrong, but everything has been altered because of this.”

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Nikki Yovino (Facebook)
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Malik St. Hilaire (Truth Flame)

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Ron is a Professor of Sociology at a college outside of Houston,Texas. You can connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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