ONE YEAR AFTER #METOO: ASSESSMENT AND PERSPECTIVES
#MeToo was a gigantic tsunami that definitely shook patriarchy, an extraordinary battle that will long be remembered by us, already illustrated by multiple popular images. The power of this movement can be analysed as an unprecedented conjunction of a global alliance of several groups of women around the world: Hollywood stars, simple activists, anonymous feminists, millions of women who seized digital tools such as social networks all at the same time and everywhere on the planet. As such, #MeToo is a similar and contemporary phenomenon to the Arab Spring that could be requalified as the « women's spring » or the « autumn of patriarchy »: A triggering event followed by a massive and sudden speaking out by millions.
Its effects can be measured by its reporting in traditional male media (http://time.com/time-person-of-the-year-2017-silence-breakers/), the Pulitzer Prize awarded to R. Farrow, and by its very concrete effects on men who until then seemed untouchable: conviction of serial rapist B.Cosby, denunciations of Tariq Ramadan's crimes, many violent artists finally reported/shamed/put aside such as W. Allen, Tarantino, Louis CK, etc.
In the middle of the maelstrom, we might almost forget that H.Weinstein, at the origin of this, has still not yet been sentenced…
WHAT #METOO HAS DONE, IS DOING, AND MUST DO FOR WOMEN –
A SOUTH KOREAN PERSPECTIVE
South Korean feminist Nayoung Kim will talk about the contemporary South Korean women’s movement in connection with the global phenomenon of #MeToo. In recent years, tens and thousands of South Korean women have begun to take to the streets to protest male violence against women. Despite extreme backlash from men and patriarchal systems, or maybe because of it, more and more women are joining the movement against male dominance. As in many parts of the world, #MeToo in South Korea has challenged several powerful men and brought some down, while others remain unsullied and unpunished. Nayoung Kim will discuss the case of Ahn Hee Jung, a former governor and political star who was recently acquitted of sexual assault by coercion. Using this example as a jumping off point, she will offer her thoughts on what #MeToo has done, is doing, and must do for women across the globe
LATIN AMERICA AND THE IMPACT OF #METOO
Latin America received as usual the impact of the campaign but in the practice what happened was different. Of course there were actors and famous women talking about their experiences of sexual abuse... but the bravest act - and this is beyond the #Me too campaign - it was the “#MeToo, I had an abortion”, because remember, in Latin America this will be confessing a crime that is punishable by law. A lot to risk! Your freedom!
#METOO AND THE FALL OF IDOLS:
THE ‘BEGINNING OF THE END’ OF IMPUNITY FOR CRIMINAL ARTISTS
Feminist author and translator, Lise Bouvet will address a major issue of #MeToo: the impunity of powerful men, notably artists like pedo-criminal filmmaker Roman Polanski. She will examine the patriarchal mindset behind the "artistic" justifications of the social impunity of criminal artists, especially filmmakers, which the #MeToo movement has begun to put an end to, partly because it started at the heart of the film industry, with the denouncing of a big Hollywood producer.
BLACK AND MINORITISED WOMEN AND THE #METOO MOVEMENT
Around the world, Black and minoritised women are subjected to gender-based violence which is compounded by their experience of intersecting oppressions based on gender, race, faith, caste and more. In the context of #metoo I ask what kinds of violence #metoo is enabling women to call out.