When #MeToo went viral in 2017 the general public faced a tidal wave of accounts of sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment industry. Since the early reporting on the sexually abusive behavior of Roger Ailes and Harvey Weinstein, #MeToo has become a universally recognized term uniting women to speak out against abuse. In this short, dense book, the history of the #MeToo Movement—its battles, opponents, losses, accomplishments, and even its unexpected consequences—are all examined. Supported by first-person accounts, photographs, and speeches, the case against injustice is developed with passion and strength. Parks finds unsettling, even shocking, examples of sexual harassment in entertainment, STEM, politics, and other industries, but she also discusses positive steps forward that attempt to prevent such behaviors. Speaking out publicly from positions of celebrity and anonymity, women of #MeToo have dared to stand up in defiance of social norms that have ignored their rights and dignity for too long. Although it is disappointing that Parks does not address the field of sports or, even in passing, the pervasive attitude of male privilege that feeds into abuse, it is time that all high school students listen and learn from texts like this one. Index. Source Notes. Websites.
The #MeToo Movement
Author(s): Peggy J. Parks
Publisher: ReferencePoint Press
Copyright Year: 2020
Reviewer: Marina J. Welmers, Middle School Librarian - Retired, Marana USD, Tucson, AZ
Grade (as stated by Reviewer/SLC): 9-12
Review Date: June 5, 2020
In October 2017 the hashtag "MeToo" went viral on social media and soon became a symbol of unity for women who had been sexually harassed or assaulted. This led to the launch of the #MeToo movement, a global campaign against sexual harassment--and in the process brought down hundreds of rich, powerful men. This book examines #MeToo's history, what the movement has accomplished, unexpected consequences, and where it is expected to go in the future.
Media Type: Book, eBook
# Pages: 80