• eli

watching #metoo from the fringes


Hiya, it’s Eli! Today I want to talk about something I’ve been meaning to write about for some time: the #MeToo movement.


For those who don’t know it, the #MeToo movement was founded by feminist activist Tarana Burke as a platform for sexual harassment or assault victims to speak up about their experiences. The hashtag became really popular after revelations that famous movie producer Harvey Weinstein had been repeatedly assaulting the actresses appearing in his movies. Since Weinstein was a supporter and friend of the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and was very well known in liberal circles, #MeToo shook the American liberal world from its foundations. and was a huge step in the recognition of the necessity of feminist perspectives.


Debates about gender inequality spread from Hollywood to all over the world (or so the American press says – I haven’t done the research myself). In Italy, the Weinstein scandal made headlines too. However, the movement did not become mainstream here, and Italian actress Asia Argento was billed as hypocrite for turning her back on Weinstein, who was once a friend. The foreign press rightly criticized Italian mass media for being conservative when it came to difficult questions about sexuality, as well as of justifying rape.