#MeToo #TimesUp #TBTN Syllabus

In preparation for Take Back The Night 2018 (Wednesday, April 11, 6:30 p.m., Allison Great Hall), Professor Katie Oliviero (WGSS), Professor Say Burgin (HIST) and WGRC Director Donna Bickford have compiled a set of readings which highlight current and historical anti-violence activism and responses.

Where Freedom Starts: Sex Power Violence #MeToo

  • A free e-book discussing "sexual harassment and sexual violence and starkly posed questions of power, of feminism, and of politics." The collection also discusses who is left out of the #MeToo movement.

Jessica Bennett "The #MeToo Moment: Art Inspired by the Reckoning" New York Times 1/12/18

  • This article shares a collection of art solicited from readers and inspired by the #MeToo movement, placing it in the tradition of art inspired by societal injustice.

Laura Kipnis “Has #MeToo Gone Too Far, or Not Far Enough?” The Guardian 1/13/18

  • Kipnis offers some sympathy for those arguing that the #MeToo movement is collapsing distinctions between various violations of women’s bodily integrity, but ultimately argues that if women don’t have control of their own bodies, they don’t have freedom or equality.

Times Up Now

  • This organization of women who work in film, television and media has mobilized to fight sexual harassment on behalf of other women, particularly those in low-wage industries who are particularly vulnerable.

Rao, Sameer Rao "#MeToo' Creator Tarana Burke on Resurgence of the Movement for Sexual Assault Survivors"  Colorlines 10/17/17

  • Rao frames a Democracy Now interview with Burke, to which the article links, discussing her creation of the Me Too campaign in 2007. The current #MeToo hashtag originally failed to acknowledge this earlier work.

Anna Tippett “How Workplace Sexual Harassment Training Has and Hasn’t Changed” Salon 10/19/17

  • Tippett discusses her research on sexual harassment training videos from 1980 to 2016. She finds that the earlier trainings made clear that sexual harassment was an abuse of power; the newer ones focus more on civility.

Stephanie Zackarek et al. “Time 2017 Person of the Year: The Silence BreakersTime 12/18/17

  • Time honors a group of women ranging from movie starts to agricultural workers, all of whom experienced sexual harassment.

Danielle McGuire, At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance: A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power (New York: Random House, 2010)

  • McGuire re-visits the civil rights movement through the lens of sexual violence, particularly against black women, and argues that sexual violence often galvanized some of the most significant campaigns of the movement.

Vann R. Newkirk II, “Recy Taylor’s TruthThe Atlantic 01/10/18

  • Newkirk interviews historian Danielle McGuire, whose 2010 book At the Dark End of the Street opened with the history of the gang-rape of Recy Taylor in 1944. The two discussion Taylor’s life and the campaign that her rape sparked, the history of sexual violence as a key mobilizing influence for the civil rights movement, and the contemporary #MeToo movement.

Wynne Davis, “How Recy Taylor Spoke Out Against Her Rape, Decades Before #MeTooNational Public Radio 01/08/18

  • Following Recy Taylor’s death in December 2017, NPR revisited an interview it carried with Taylor in 2011. Taylor had been gang-raped in 1944 in Abbeville, Alabama, and she discussed her courageous act of standing up to white authorities.

Ashley Farmer, “Free Joan Little: Anti-rape Activism, Black Power, and the Black Freedom MovementBlack Perspectives 02/16/18

  • Farmer provides a brief history of the case of Joan Little, who in 1974 defended herself against the sexual violence of her white jailer Clarence Alligood. Alligood died from Little’s defensive strike, and then Little was put on trial. Her case galvanized a movement in the mid-1970s that helped to secure her acquittal.