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284.62 sec. 001 - Gender and Sexuality in the Era of #MeToo (Spring 2021)

Instructor: Kathryn Abrams  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


M 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
Location: Internet/Online
From January 25, 2021
To May 04, 2021

Course Start: January 25, 2021
Course End: May 04, 2021
Class Number (1Ls): 32169
Class Number: 32169

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 10
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 30
As of: 05/08 05:45 AM

This course will use the occasion provided by the #MeToo movement to assess several questions:
1) What have theories of gender and sexuality from the 'equality' theory of Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the dominance feminism of Catharine MacKinnon to intersectional and post-structural theories of Kimberle Crenshaw, Judith Butler and others have able to achieve in the domain of law, particularly as applied to gender-specific violence?

2) What failures of legal response, thrown into relief by recent political developments, have given rise to #MeToo? and how has the #MeToo response has been distinct from earlier feminist efforts to address gender-specific violence?

3) What are women and other targets of sexualized violence (particularly those too young to have participated fully in earlier debates) seeking from this present moment? This may include: better understanding of the pervasiveness and variability of sexual harassment/sexual violence; more tangible institutional commitment to eliminating sexual coercion in workplaces and educational setting; more accountability (or less impunity) for offenders.

4) what avenues for vindicating the promise of #MeToo legally and institutionally are likely to prove most fruitful? The course will consider at least three: statutory and enforcement reforms; policies for addressing sexual assault and sexual harassment on college campuses; and strategies for avoiding carceral solutions and/or implementing principles of restorative justice.

5) Does the #MeToo iteration of feminism seem more likely to address or to reproduce the problems of racial hierarchy and denial of women's agency that plagued early iterations of dominance and other forms of feminism?

Exam Notes: (TH) Take-home examination
Course Category: Social Justice and Public Interest

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