Deconstructing the Me Too Movement Under the Lens of Standpoint Theory
Magnitude of the Plaza Hotel lawsuit on the Me Too Movement
The Shortcomings of the Me Too Movement
Why does this lawsuit matter?
This lawsuit also shines a light on a subset of women in the workforce who are disproportionately affected by issues of sexual harrasment
These six women are emergent leaders who are effectively applying standpoint theory to create legal change
- Media coverage surrounding this case brings greater national attention to the particular issues effecting women in low-wage, service-oriented jobs
- Winning this lawsuit could create an important legal precedent for future cases concerning workplace sexual harassment
How many of you knew about this lawsuit against the Plaza prior to this presentation?
How many of you are aware of the New York Times article that broke the news about Harvey Weinstein?
Why the Me Too Movement Falls Short
There is a hierarchy of power associated with the effectiveness of applying standpoint theory
There is an underrepresentation of marginalized communities of women (i.e. trans women, low-income women, women of color, and undocumented women) in mainstream media coverage and discourse surrounding the Me Too movement
- What structural and agentive changes can be made to circumvent the suppression of marginalized women’s voices?
- Does standpoint theory illegitimize the role that allyship plays in advancing the narrative and agenda of disenfranchised women?
- https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-metoo-moment-hasnt-reached-women-in-low-wage-jobs-will-it/. Accessed 25 April 2018.Mueller, Benjamin
- https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/17/us/harvey-weinstein-hotel- sexual-harassment.html
- https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/20/us/the-metoo-moment-blue-collar- women-ask-what-about-us.html. Accessed 26 April 2018