Summer 2018 Course Offerings
"Me Too" & "Time's Up" - What's Next for Feminism?
WMST 30095 – 001 (CRN #12493)
We meet at night –Wednesdays – from 7 to 9:30. It’ll be that sort of gathering where, in good company, you settle into a groove because the day’s behind you but there’s something you still “want to and got to do.” We meet LIVE in Merrill Hall (105) for a month in summer, June 11th thru July 14th – and if you can’t make every meeting LIVE, we have an online course running in sync with our LIVE one.
You can, if you need to or want to, do the whole thing via Blackboard—or mix it up. Do part LIVE,
part ONLINE. We’ll work with you. We want to host this conversation. &we want your voices in our mix.
What will we talk about?
#MeToo. #TimesUp. The phenomenon has emerged unmissably and resonant—
its memes echoing and re-echoing with passion and purpose. Almost overnight it seemed
that millions of stories of sexual misconduct, harassment and assault flooded social media.
The effect was that of an alarm. And early on, that was the point.
The goal was—as described early in the hashtag’s run—to give the world a sense of “the magnitude of the problem.” And people got that; and people responded—not all the same way.
The final words of Together We Rise, the book about this new surge of feminist energy, are these:
“We must continue to show up intentionally and with strategy … with … commitment to the fundamental truth that my liberation is bound in yours, and yours in mine.”
This is the energy of the movement and its platform tagged #Me Too and #Time’s Up—
an energy sparked in part by the surprising magnitude of an unprecedented spectacle: women marching seemingly everywhere at once, joining voices. In January 2017, “the protest heard ‘round the world,” an estimated 5 million marchers—predominantly women—hit the streets in more than 600 U.S. cities. That many&more sister cities worldwide.
Sarah Sophie Flicker, one of the Women’s march organizers, spoke to the pressing need of
“conversations like this” that can “upend how we talk” about the open secrets “ingrained in our society.” She says #MeToo has made her think: “This is not just about sex, gender, or sexism. …
it is … about the abuse of power and how we define masculinity in our culture” … and “the systems that … permit the subjugation of women in other spheres, women who are the most vulnerable and have no avenues for support. How many women have been silenced, held back, traumatized and financially disenfranchised….?” This, she said, “is about what happens….” It’s happening even as we study it.
The centerpoint of our Special Topics course is: Let’s think together; let’s talk together about what these women’s voices and stories mean. Let’s revisit the unfolding movement and initiatives that followed. Let’s weigh the criticisms—from the predictable witchhunt allegations to the open letter written by French feminists. Moments like these are sheer opportunity: to consider where we’ve been and are and what’s next—our part, perhaps a hard part, in helping determining that.