Week 12 Day 1 Discussion Question 3

In this course, we have noted various moments of backlash against women’s movements or achievements, including the misogynistic domestic ideology that followed women’s industrial employment in World War II; the antifeminism spearheaded by Phyllis Schlafly and others that spread throughout U.S. culture in the 1980s and 90s; and the intense misogyny that results whenever women breach formerly all-male preserves, such as the U.S. military and presidential candidacy.

In light of those previous (and ongoing) backlashes, comment on the #MeToo backlash.

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  • May 2, 2022 at 2:15 pm
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    With the rise of the #MeToo movement in recent years, there has been more widespread hate from male figures. The movement began in the mid 2000s but picked up traction in 2017 when Harvey Weinstein was convicted of several sexual assault charges. The idea was to bring women together and speak up when they felt like they have been wronged. With a community, it would be easier for women to speak up about traumatizing events. The backlash began as some men saw a difference in what sexual violence is compared to women. Men would make sexual jokes that in their mind seem ok but to others it might not. In extreme cases on the internet, men said that anything they do with a women is considered sexual assault at this point and that women can choose whatever they want to be assault. In certain surveys, it was shown that some men were less likely to include women in social outings as they wanted to stray away from the problems. This also included one-on-one meetings with one women and no one else present. Women also believed that men would continue such actions but be more cautious about getting caught.

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