CHAPTER 15: ‘#ME TOO’ AND BEYOND IN THE U.S. AND INDIA
Companion Website by: Sam Ellyson and Maggie Flanagan
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
- More About the Participants
- Chapter Study Resources
- Chapter Summary
- General Resources
- Further Topics
- Sexual Harassment/Assault/Violence
- Laws/Policies/Law Enforcement/Violations
- Other Topics
- More Resources/How to Get Involved
- Contribute Resources!
MORE ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS:
VIDEOS FEATURING THE PARTICIPANTS:
CHAPTER STUDY RESOURCES:
‘me too.’ (#Metoo): what began as a small-scale social media campaign in 2005 became a nation—and world—wide movement in 2017. Sparked by allegations of sexual assault against American producer Harvey Weinstein, the hashtag #metoo inspired countless survivors in the U.S. to come forward with their stories on social media and beyond. The movement also made some strides in India, where, as in the U.S., countless high-profile women in the entertainment industry, politics, journalism, and academia have publicly accused colleagues of sexual violence, with many of these accusations ending in career loss or even legal indictment of the accused.
This chapter focuses on “me too” and “beyond” in that it situates the movement just as its founder, Tarana Burke, encourages us to: in relation to decades-long conversations and activism aimed at understanding and eradicating gender-based violence. The three highlighted speakers center the experiences of those who are most vulnerable to gender-based violence in both India and the U.S. and provide insight into why various movements—including me too—as well as legal reforms fail to fully protect them against harm.
This chapter intersects nicely with gender and human rights, intersectionality.