#Metoo Is The 2017 Social Trend Of The Year

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In 1970, Kate Millett published “Sexual Politics,” considered by many to be “the first book of academic feminist literary criticism.” In the book she argues “sex has a frequently neglected political aspect” and goes on to discuss the role that patriarchy plays in sexual relations, looking especially at the works of D. H. Lawrence, Henry Miller, and Norman Mailer. Millett argues that these authors view and discuss sex in a patriarchal and sexist way. She also hypothesised that after school women tended not to socialize in the way men did at the time because they stopped participating in group sports.


Kate Millett

The 1960s and 70s saw a rash of such forceful feminist writings, “The Female Eunuch” by Germaine Greer (also published in 1970) and Betty Friedan’s “The Feminine Mystique” which had appeared some years before in 1963.

 

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As the years went the radical women’s movement seemed to lose momentum. While The UK gained its first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher filled her cabinet with only men and gave no heed to promoting feminism.
Fast forward to 2016 and the bitterest U.S. presidential campaign in living memory between the first female candidate and a man considered by his opponents to be a clear and present danger to every principle that the women’s movement stood for. Shocking then that enough women voted for him to become the 45th President of The United States.
What is even more surprising however, is the resulting backlash; and the galvanization of millions of women and the men who support them, in fighting back against sexual discrimination and sexual harrassment - particularly in the workplace.

 

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First, the women’s march. On January 21, 2017, one day after the inauguration, and with mostly word-of-mouth promotion and organization, millions marched in most of America’s largest cities and some of the smaller ones also.

 

Madonna


Many wore pink hats with cat ears, a not so veiled reference to Trump’s taped remark that he could grab women “by the pussy.” People walked and chanted and sang and carried signs and generally had a good time.

 

womens march

 

At the time the women’s march appeared to be mostly symbolic, but in the light of recent events it can be seen as the catalyst that speeded up something that was already stirring - something that perhaps Hillary Clinton’s candidacy had kickstarted - a review of sexual politics in Europe and America.


On December 6th, 2017, Time Magazine announced its “Person of The Year.” Last year it was Donald Trump, the year before, Angela Merkel. This time around it was the #metoo movement, a social media campaign that sprung up in the wake of allegations against powerful male figures in the media and politics. The cover shows five female leaders who embody the feminist movement of today.


Time cover

 

So what’s next? Some fear a backlash; others believe the movement will engender more women in top positions in the workplace. 2018 should be interesting.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017 ยท Categories: Social Media & Networking , Lifestyle
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