Resisting rape culture in digital society

Authored by: Anastasia Powell , Lisa Sugiura

The Routledge International Handbook of Violence Studies

Print publication date:  October  2018
Online publication date:  October  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138283442
eBook ISBN: 9781315270265
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315270265-42

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Abstract

Something truly powerful happens when victim-survivors of sexual violence choose to publicly share their account of harassment and abuse. In October 2017, hundreds of thousands of survivors took to social media to share their experiences using the hashtag #MeToo. These disclosures trended on Twitter globally and became a rallying point for a renewed fervor of feminist activism against sexual violence. Although emerging in response to harassment and abuse experienced by Hollywood starlets and celebrities at the hands of Harvey Weinstein and other powerful men, #MeToo rapidly evolved from consciousness-raising to collective action. 2 Next came the #TimesUp movement and a charitable legal defense fund to challenge discrimination, harassment, and abuse in workplaces across the United States. 3 Then, in March 2018, an open letter from Hollywood men called on their male peers to do more to prevent both sexism and sexual violence towards women:

One of the most powerful things that men can and must do is make it clear to other men – including their friends, colleagues and co-workers – that sexual harassment and abuse are never acceptable. This goes for everything from sexist and degrading comments, right up to domestic violence and sexual assault … It’s time we #AskMoreOfHim.

(www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/david-arquette-david-schwimmer-join-hollywood-men-activists-launch-askmoreofhim-campaign-1090121)

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