Maximizing #MeToo: Intersectionality & the Movement
Boston College Law Review, Vol. 62, Issue 6, Pp. 1797. (2021). Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works. 2281.
69 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2020 Last revised: 29 Sep 2021
Date Written: June 1, 2021
Although women of color experience high rates of harassment and assault, the #MeToo movement has largely left them on the margins in terms of (1) the online conversation, (2) the traditional social movement activity occurring offline, and (3) the consequential legal activity. This Article analyzes how race shapes experiences of harassment and how seemingly positive legal strides continue to fail women of color thirty years beyond Kimberlé Crenshaw’s initial framing of intersectionality theory. I discuss the weaknesses of the reform efforts and argue for more tailored strategies that take into account the ineffectiveness of our current Title VII framework and, more specifically, the continuing failure of the law to properly deal with intersectionality. This analysis and the resulting proposal demonstrate how advocates can leverage #MeToo as an opportunity to reshape law, organizations, and culture in a way that better protects all women, and particularly women of color.
Keywords: legal reforms, antidiscrimination laws, activism, race, gender, harassment, MeToo, intersectionality
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