Empowerings and Victim Shaming: #Me too and its ambivalent repercussions

deadline for submissions: 
October 15, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Gender Forum - An Internet Journal for Gender Studies

“MeToo” was originally phrased/used as a slogan by Tarana Burke in 2006 to raise awareness against sexual violence against women. However, it wasn’t until October 15, 2017 that the slogan/phrase/hashtag became known globally. In the aftermath of the Weinstein affair Millano tweeted “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.“ In less than 24 hours tens of thousands of people replied to her tweet. The continuing overwhelming response testifies to the urgency of the matter which had been silenced for too long.  In this issue of gender forum we invite authors to critically engage with the current movement #metoo #TimesUp #MuteRKelly a and the questions it raises about 21st century sexual politics, from sexualised violence in the domestic sphere to the gender pay gap to the gendered abuse of power in international politics.

  • Public trauma of victimhood
  • Sexual harassment and sexual abuse in and beyond Hollywood
  • Power relations: behind and in-front of the camera
  • The role of social media platforms in spreading and constructing responses to the revelations of sexual abuse and harassment
  • Cultures of misogyny in the film and media industries
  • Wage discrepancies: politics, film and tv industry, free market etc.
  • Representations of female lawyers, e.g. The Good Wife, Suits, Boston Legal, Angel
  • Targeting sexual violence and crime: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Cold Case and other shows
  • Jurisdiction, sexual harassment and rape in televisual contexts
  • Industry and Public responses
  • Speaking out: the legality of non-disclosure agreements
  • Generations of victims
  • The ‘Lock Her Up’ controversy (Trump)
  • Different national/cultural responses
  • Gender and #blacklivesmatter and #iammuslimtoo;

Abstracts and a brief biography should be submitted to gender-forum[a]uni-koeln.de by October 15th. The deadline for the completed papers in MLA 8 (4000-6000 words) is November 15th.