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Women are not as divided on #MeToo as it may seem

Since the sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein broke in October 2017, #MeToo has gone from viral hashtag meant to show the pervasiveness of sexual assault to a full-blown movement that encompasses dating, consent, and more. But as new discussions surrounding sexual harassment surface and the boundaries of the movement are tested, talks of a generational divide have started to emerge.

In January, published the account of a young woman who said comedian Aziz Ansari pressured her for sex on a date. When HLN host Ashleigh Banfield criticized the accuser of harming Ansari’s reputation over a “bad date,” the 22-year-old journalist who wrote the story responded by calling Banfield a “burgundy lipstick bad highlights second-wave feminist” whom “no one under the age of 45 has ever heard of.”

On the flip side, Bill Maher claims the problem with the #MeToo movement is “fucking fragile” millennials.

But according to a survey Vox conducted with Morning Consult, a nonpartisan technology and media company, the experiences and opinions of ordinary women don’t fit this narrative of generational divide. In a nationally representative sample of 2,511 women around the country, we found that a majority of women of all ages support the #MeToo movement. And they agree on a lot more.

Watch the video above to learn more about our findings and what women of all ages have to say about harassment and the #MeToo movement. You can find this video and all of Vox’s videos on YouTube. Subscribe for the latest.

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