#MeToo and testimonial injustice

  • Two decades ago, Tarana Burke started using the phrase ‘me too’ to release victims of sexual abuse and rape from their shame and to empower girls from minority communities. In 2017, actress Alyssa Milano made the hashtag #MeToo go viral. This article’s concern is with the role of testimonial practices in the context of sexual violence. While many feminists have claimed that the word of those who claim to being sexually violated by others (should) have political and/or epistemic priority, others have failed to recognize the harm and injury of instances of sexual violence that are not yet acknowledged as such and failed to listen to victims from marginalized social groups. In fact, some feminists have attacked #MeToo for mingling accounts of ‘proper’ sexual violence and accounts that are not ‘proper’ experiences of sexual violence. My aim in this article is to show why this critique is problematic and find a philosophically fruitful way to understand the #MeToo-movement as a movement that strives for moral and conceptual progress.

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Author details:Hilkje Charlotte HänelORCiDGND
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/01914537211017578
ISSN:0191-4537
ISSN:1461-734X
Title of parent work (English):Philosophy and Social Criticism
Subtitle (English):an investigation of moral and conceptual knowledge
Publisher:Sage Publ.
Place of publishing:London
Publication type:Article
Language:English
Date of first publication:2021/05/31
Publication year:2021
Release date:2022/09/22
Volume:48
Issue:6
First page:833
Last Page:859
Organizational units:Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Sozialwissenschaften / Fachgruppe Soziologie
DDC classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 30 Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie / 300 Sozialwissenschaften
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