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Silence Breaking

  • Karen BoyleEmail author
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Abstract

This chapter explores how speaking out about rape, sexual assault and harassment on social media can be understood in relation to second-wave feminist traditions of consciousness-raising. Central to the discussion is a concern with the personal and political function of speaking out, and how media engagement with victim/survivors’ experiences can shape, extend and/or limit their political potential. At stake is the position of feminism in mainstream media discourse around #MeToo. Drawing on Angela McRobbie’s (The Aftermath of Feminism. London: Sage, 2009) notion of the “double entanglement” which characterises media engagements with feminism, this chapter explores the contradictions inherent in ahistorical and decontextualised representations of a quintessentially feminist issue. It demonstrates that the backlash against #MeToo was simultaneous with its development, offering an analysis of news coverage of #MeToo and TimesUp!

Keywords

Alyssa Milano Tarana Burke Consciousness-raising Sexual violence Sexual harassment Digital feminism 

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  1. 1.School of HumanitiesUniversity of StrathclydeGlasgowUK

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