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The #MeToo debate to date - recommended reads

by The Ethics Centre
31 May 2018
SOCIETY, RELATIONSHIPS AND CULTURE
Our next IQ2 debate asks whether or not #MeToo has gone too far. We’ve curated a snapshot of the discussion, coverage and controversies to date, so you're up to speed with the key arguments before the program hits Sydney Town Hall on 5 June.
 
ARTICLE: Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades
Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey for 
New York Times
5 October 2017
 
This is the article that broke the Harvey Weinstein story. While it’s now internationally infamous, it is well worth reading to understand how strong the structures that protected Weinstein were. It includes his first official response.
 
VIDEOTIME Person of the Year 2017: The Silence Breakers
Diane Tsai, Spencer Bakalar, Julia Lull [producers] for 
TIME
6 December 2017
 
Dishwashers, Hollywood stars, academics, hotel staff, journalists, an engineer, and even a senator feature in this short video by TIME of people speaking up against sexual harassment.
 
ARTICLE: I went on a date with Aziz Ansari. It turned into the worst night of my life
Katie Way for 
babe.net
13 January 2018
 
This piece wins the title of ‘Most Divisive Contribution to the #MeToo Movement’. It is both celebrated as a precise example of young women’s damaging sexual experiences and scorned for undermining #MeToo by lacking journalistic integrity and conflating “bad sex” with assault.
 
ARTICLEThe Humiliation of Aziz Ansari
Caitlin Flanagan for The Atlantic
14 January 2018
 
This response to the babe.net article labels it “3,000 words of revenge porn”. Ouch. It highlights the generational differences in attitudes to sex and feminist values that has been underpinning the #MeToo debate.
 
A separate yet notable moment in the generational rift between women over #MeToo was when Katie Way, the 22 year old author of the Ansari article called Ashleigh Banfield, a 50 year old female news anchor who criticised her piece, “that burgundy lipstick bad highlights second-wave feminist has-been”.
 
ARTICLEWant #MeToo to serve justice? Use it responsibly
Michael Salter for ethics.org.au
31 January 2018
 
IQ2 guest Michael Salter is an expert in trauma, gendered violence, sexual abuse, and social media. He reflects on how the #MeToo movement can retain potency and serve justice.
 
Here seems a good space to explain why we invited two men to be part of this debate – Michael Salter and Benjamin Law. It’s an approach some people disagree with. The Ethics Centre and Vivid Ideas felt the conversation would benefit if both women and men took part and speak with another.
 
PODCASTHas #MeToo Gone Too Far, or Not Far Enough?
Waleed Aly & Scott Stephens for The Minefield
7 March 2018
 
A favourite ethicist of ours Scott Stephens poses a key challenge to the #MeToo movement: are we comfortable for this revolution to take innocent people as collateral damage?
 
It’s a question Teen Vogue columnist Emily Lindin answered with her controversial tweet, “If some innocent men’s reputations have to take a hit in the process of undoing the patriarchy, that is a price I am absolutely willing to pay”.
 
VIDEOIn the age of #MeToo
Jeanette Francis for 
The Feed SBS VICELAND
 
“Lads, it’s time to admit if you’ve been gross.” IQ2 guest and TV journalist Jeanette Francis, aka Jan Fran, asks why there isn’t a #MeToo hashtag for men, the ‘doers’ of the harassing. This little video package with its provocation and stats on sexual harassment is a finalist in the mid-year Walkley awards.
 
Get your IQ2 ‘#MeToo has gone too far’ Tickets here >>
Libby-Jane Charleston & Michael Salter vs Jeanette Francis & Ben Law
5 June | Sydney Town Hall

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