#MeToo – Has the ‘Sisterhood’ Finally Become Global or Just Another Product of Neoliberal Feminism?

Transnational Legal Theory (vol. 02, 2019)

22 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2019 Last revised: 3 Jul 2019

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Farnush Ghadery

Transnational Law Institute, King's College London

Date Written: June 21, 2019

Abstract

The article discusses the #MeToo movement by reflecting on its origins and recent developments to consider its position within feminist theory. On the one hand, the cross-border proliferation of this hashtag revived the question once posed by liberal feminist Robin Morgan: Has the ‘sisterhood’ finally become global? Others questioned the deeper meaning of the ‘me’ as part of #MeToo, wondering whether the need for individual responsibility to come forward indicates that the movement fits only too well with what has been coined neoliberal feminism. Disagreeing with both categorisations, the article positions #MeToo as a transnational feminist consciousness-raising endeavour which can be traced across different places worldwide. Referring to some of these contextualised uses of #MeToo, the article argues that #MeToo has been able to manifest itself as a transnational feminist phenomenon, as it has allowed groups in distinct spaces and localities to take ownership of the varying manifestations of #MeToo.

Keywords: #metoo, feminism, feminist legal theory, sexual harassment, digital activism, transnational movements, transnational law

Suggested Citation

Ghadery, Farnush, #MeToo – Has the ‘Sisterhood’ Finally Become Global or Just Another Product of Neoliberal Feminism? (June 21, 2019). Transnational Legal Theory (vol. 02, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3409038

Farnush Ghadery (Contact Author)

Transnational Law Institute, King's College London ( email )

London, England WC2R 2LS
United Kingdom

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