In the latest Ask a Feminist, feminist lawyer, writer, teacher, and activist Catharine A. MacKinnon discusses “Sexual Harassment in the Age of #MeToo” with Durba Mitra, assistant professor of studies of women, gender, and sexuality at Harvard University. They discuss MacKinnon’s role in the genesis of sexual harassment law and why it required reshaping the legal meaning of “equality” itself. They also discuss the relationship between the law and social movements, how the law can address discrimination and violence against women of color and trans people, the differences between the Obama and Trump administrations’ approaches to Title IX, and the future of #MeToo.
The newest Short Takes: Provocations on Public Feminism features Bernice Yeung’s In a Day’s Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence against America’s Most Vulnerable Workers. Eileen Boris, Sarah Jones, Collier Meyerson, and Katherine Turk offer their thoughts on the book, discussing the power of worker solidarity and the future of the #MeToo movement. Yeung also offers a response, reflecting on her motivations for writing the book and asking what justice might actually look like. The forum is freely available.
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A course reader featuring units on women’s labor, the commodification of women’s sexuality and reproduction, violence against women, and varieties of activism.