Many memes were making the rounds during the Brett Kavanaugh hearings.
Some celebrities even got in on the sharing.
Actress Elizabeth Banks—known for playing Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games series and for producing the Pitch Perfect films—shared one of the more popular memes. In the one she shared it is pointed out that women don't need to be mothers, daughters or wives to be respected.
They should be treated with respect for simply being human.
As a woman, Banks gets it.
Not because she's someone's something. Because she is a human being. https://t.co/ii8qi9iY9q— Elizabeth Banks (@Elizabeth Banks)1538073298.0
Many of her followers got it too.
@ElizabethBanks Thank you. I get so sick of a woman's worthiness being tied to who she is to another person— Jackie Wilson (@Jackie Wilson)1538157041.0
@ElizabethBanks @ELLEmagazine Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes....and not because I have a daughter, wife, mother, etc, because I am a human— Fashion Movement (@Fashion Movement)1538084074.0
@ElizabethBanks https://t.co/bXPNDNLnT9— MissTrillianBennet (she/ her) (@MissTrillianBennet (she/ her))1538075631.0
@ElizabethBanks I think this ALL. THE. TIME.— Tessa. (@Tessa.)1538077435.0
@ElizabethBanks https://t.co/bl2nOVQfNw— Red Raven 🏳️🌈 (@Red Raven 🏳️🌈)1538112365.0
@ElizabethBanks An excellent point from my fellow Pittsfield native.— Alan Gionet (@Alan Gionet)1538073794.0
But some folks were not quite grasping the idea.
Thankfully, some folks were on hand to set things straight.
@ElizabethBanks The original line reinforces a patriarchal construct that in order for women to be believed, respec… https://t.co/AGDNAZvXXu— divaD (@divaD)1538171966.0
@Swan_Ninja @crazyIiar @monmeida27 @ElizabethBanks Sure, but the point of the original message is that you should b… https://t.co/S5DGKdSIHB— Igor Dubinskiy (@Igor Dubinskiy)1538100821.0
Empathy should not require a proxy.