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1st Edition

A Rhetorical Zeitgeist

Edited By

Lisa M. Corrigan

ISBN 9781032018164
Published December 22, 2021 by Routledge
142 Pages

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Book Description

This edited collection on #MeToo activism challenges the overwhelming whiteness and straightness of #MeToo discourse and coverage. Using intersectional and decolonial frameworks and historical, archival, organizational and legal methods, these essays offer a rich exploration of #MeToo to understand how activism around sexualized violence reproduce and harm a wide variety of people.

The swift and powerful arrival of #MeToo as a compilation of complaints about sexual misconduct (especially in the workplace) has created pressure to dive deeper into the history of sexual assault and abuse in the United States. #MeToo: A Rhetorical Zeitgeist answers the call for more complicated analyses of systemic sexual harassment and abuse with essays that are deeply concerned with the whiteness and heterosexuality of #MeToo coverage and media framing to understand how and why #MeToo began to capture the public’s attention in 2017 against the backdrop of Donald J. Trump’s presidential administration.

These essays offer the first comprehensive study of the rhetorical politics of #MeToo. They tackle the complexities of sexual harassment, sexual violence and rape beyond white celebrity discourse to understand: how both violence and #MeToo activism affect transgender people; how #MeToo fails Black male victims of assault and rape; how Indian-American masculinity and comedy skirt sexual accountability; how the legal and affective precedent in the Supreme Court during the Kavanaugh hearings amplified concerns about sexual assault and rape; decolonial approaches to resisting sexualized violence from indigenous peoples; and narratives about assault from within the higher education community.

The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Women's Studies in Communication.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The #MeToo Moment - A Rhetorical Zeitgeist 
Lisa M. Corrigan 
1. (Trans)forming #MeToo: Toward a Networked Response to Gender Violence 
V. Jo Hsu 
2. Expendables for Whom: Terry Crews and the Erasure of Black Male Victims of Sexual Assault and Rape 
Tommy J. Curry 
3. #AzizAnsariToo?: Desi Masculinity in America and Performing Funny Cute 
Ali Na 
4. Anger’s Volumes: Rhetorics of Amplification and Aggregation in #MeToo 
Emily Winderman 
5. "Our Bodies Are Not Terra Nullius": Building a Decolonial Feminist Resistance to Gendered Violence 
Ashley Noel Mack and Tiara R. Na’puti 
6. Isolating Structures of Sexual Harassment in Crowdsourced Data on Higher Education 
Tiffany A. Dykstra-DeVette and Carlos Tarin 

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Lisa M. Corrigan is Professor of Communication and Director of the Gender Studies Program at the University of Arkansas, USA. She is the author of: Prison Power: How Prison Influenced the Movement for Black Liberation (2016) and Black Feelings: Race and Affect in the Long Sixties (2020). She also co-hosts a popular podcast with Laura Weiderhaft called Lean Back: Critical Feminist Conversations.