The Failure of the #MeToo Movement

Time Magazine declared the “silence breakers” of the #MeToo movement the Time Person of the Year. The magazine’s editor-in-chief, Edward Felsenthal, honored the courage of “hundreds of others, and of many men as well, [who] have unleashed one of the highest-velocity shifts in our culture since the 1960s” in a statement on the Today Show.

The sheer number of women who have pushed back against a culture that often devalues them and their expertise is impressive. Likewise, the number of men who have actually lost their jobs as a result of their bad behavior is a step in the right direction. But, have we really seen a shift in America culture?

While time will tell, I am not very optimistic about the future of the #MeToo movement. Here’s why.

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About Double take Sociology

I am a Professor of Sociology, a Research Associate in the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy, and an Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Community Engagement in the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy at Florida State University. I research (and write about) social movements, mass media and politics. To find links to my research, visit www.DeanaRohlinger.com.
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