The #MeToo movement inspired millions to testify to the widespread experience of sexual violence. More broadly, it shifted the deeply ingrained response to accounts of sexual violence from doubting all of them to believing some of them. What changed? In this talk about her new book, The #MeToo Effect: What Happens When We Believe Women, Leigh Gilmore credits narrative activism―storytelling in the service of social change―with elevating survivors as credible witnesses. Although the word most frequently used to describe #MeToo was “unprecedented,” it belongs to a longer history of feminist thought and activism in which autobiographical storytelling is central. By focusing on the prehistory of #MeToo and identifying life writing as its signature form, Gilmore sheds light on how survivors have used narrative to frame sexual violence as an urgent problem requiring structural solutions in diverse global contexts.
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Meeting ID: 925 8218 5611