1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of the Politics of the #MeToo Movement

Edited By Giti Chandra, Irma Erlingsdóttir Copyright 2021
    492 Pages
    by Routledge

    492 Pages
    by Routledge

    Since the MeToo hashtag went viral in 2017, the movement has burgeoned across social media, moving beyond Twitter and into living rooms and courtrooms. It has spread unevenly across the globe, with some countries and societies more impacted than others, and interacted with existing feminist movements, struggles, and resistances.

    This interdisciplinary handbook identifies thematic and theoretical areas that require attention and interrogation, inviting the reader to make connections between the ways in which the #MeToo movement has panned out in different parts of the world, seeing it in the context of the many feminist and gendered struggles already in place, as well as the solidarities with similar movements across countries and cultures.

    With contributions from gender experts spanning a wide range of disciplines including political science, history, sociology, law, literature, and philosophy, this groundbreaking book will have contemporary relevance for scholars, feminists, gender researchers, and policy-makers across the globe.


    Cynthia Enloe

    Introduction: Rebellion, Revolution, Reformation

    Giti Chandra and Irma Erlingsdóttir

    Section I: Theories

    1. Struggle, Solidarity, and Social Change

    Angela Davis

    2. #MeToo as a Revolutionary Cascade

    Cass R. Sunstein

    3. Global #MeToo

    Catharine A. MacKinnon

    4. Subject of Desire / Subject of Feminism: Some Notes on the Split Subject(s) of #MeToo

    Anne-Emmanuelle Berger

    5. #MeToo as a Variegated Phenomenon against Men’s Violences and Violations: Implications for Men and Masculinities

    Jeff Hearn

    6. #MeToo Beyond Invulnerability: Towards a New Ontological Paradigm

    Nanna Hlín Halldórsdóttir

    7. The Anonymous Feminist: Agency, Trauma, Personhood, and the #MeToo Movement

    Giti Chandra

    8. Silencing Resistance to the Patriarchy

    Eyja M. Brynjarsdóttir

    9. #MeToo, African feminisms and the scourge of stereotypes

    Nkiru Balonwu

    Section II: Contexts

    10. Narrating #MeToo: Calling Our Organizations to Action

    Pamela L. Runestad

    11. On Tambourines, Hashtags and ReRooting / ReRouting Survivor Voice in Caribbean Feminist Movement Building

    Rochelle McFee

    12. Moving from Theory to Praxis: Sexual Violence and the #MeToo Movement

    Vinita Chandra

    13. Wieners, Whiners, Weinsteins and Worse

    Jack Halberstam

    14. Of Moguls, Monsters, and Men

    Karen Boyle

    15. Many New Solutions to Workplace Sexual Harassment in a Post #MeToo Era, But Will They Do The Trick?

    Audrey Roofeh

    16. Being a Disabled Feminist Killjoy in a Feminist Movement

    Freyja Haraldsdóttir

    17. Black Women, #MeToo and Resisting Plantation Feminism

    Marai Larasi

    Section III: Global Perspectives

    18. #MeToo: Anger, Denouncement and Hope

    Purna Sen

    19. #MeToo in France, a Feminist Revolution? A Sociohistorical Approach

    Bibia Pavard, Florence Rochefort, and Michelle Zancarini-Fournel

    20. Polish #MeToo: When Concern for Men’s Rights Derails the Women’s Revolution

    Magdalena Grabowska and Marta Rawłuszko

    21. #яНеБоюсьСказать (#IAmNotAfraidToSpeak), #MeToo, and the Russian Media: Public Discourse Around Violence Against Women in Russia

    Anna Sedysheva

    22. #MeToo in Post-Socialist Countries: A Comparative Analysis of Romanian and Chinese Feminist Activism Against Sexual Violence

    Mirela Violeta David

    23. In the Name of #RiceBunny: Legacy, Strategy, and Efficiency of the Chinese #MeToo Movement

    Li Jun

    24. The #MeToo Movement in Japan: Tentative Steps Towards Transformation

    Robert O'Mochain

    25. ‘Ana Kaman’ – MeToo in the Arab World: A Journalist’s Account

    Rym Tina Ghazal

    26. #MeToo, the Law, and Anti-Sexual Violence Activism in Kenya

    K. Kanyali Mwikya, Judy Gitau, and Esther Waweru

    27. Critical Reflections on #MeToo in Contemporary South Africa Through an African Feminist Lens

    Tamara Shefer and Tigist Shewarega Hussen

    28. #MeToo Argentina: A Protest Movement in Progress

    Marifran Carlson

    29. From #MeToo to #NiUnaMenos in Latin America with Focus on the Case of Mexico

    Edmé Domínguez

    30. #Akademiuppropet: Social Media as a Tool for Shaping a Counter-Public Space in Sweden

    Lisa Salmonsson

    31. Fighting Structural Inequalites: Feminist Activism and the #MeToo Movement in Iceland

    Irma Erlingsdóttir


    Giti Chandra is Senior Researcher and Lecturer at the UNESCO-affiliated Gender Equality Studies and Training programme (GRÓ-GEST) at the University of Iceland. She has been Associate Professor at the Department of English at St Stephen’s College, Delhi, India, and has taught and been a Fellow at Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA. She has served as Focal Person for the Sexual Harassment Complaints Committee at GRÓ-GEST, Chairperson of the College Complaints Committee Against Sexual Harassment at St Stephen’s College, and as the External Expert on the Sexual Harassment Complaints Committee at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication.

    Irma Erlingsdóttir is Associate Professor of French Contemporary Literature at the University of Iceland and Director of the UNESCO-affiliated Gender Equality Studies and Training Programme (GRÓ-GEST); RIKK — Institute for Gender, Equality and Difference; and EDDA Center in Contemporary Critical Research at the University of Iceland. She has a PhD from Sorbonne, Paris III, France. She has led several large-scale academic projects in the fields of gender studies, globalisation, contemporary politics, and critical theory. Her current research focuses on transformative politics and contemporary literature, and on the reification of Icelandic gender equality imaginaries.