https://i1.wp.com/genderpolicyreport.umn.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/MeToo.jpg?fit=3888%2C2592 2592 3888 Debra Fitzpatrick http://genderpolicyreport.umn.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/gendereport.png Debra Fitzpatrick2018-05-22 19:05:302018-05-22 19:05:30#MeToo and the Failure of Law
The #MeToo movement has revealed a lot about American society: although the crime rates have generally decreased over the past 30 years, intimate and sexual violence continue to plague the U.S. Some men still clearly feel entitled to treat women as property, their bodies a vehicle for men’s power and pleasure. For me, the most striking thing about the outpouring of #MeToo stories is that these stories represent thousands and thousands of people who did not pursue legal remedies—people who did not come forward with their experiences of physical and sexual harassment and abuse until a social movement made taking some kind of action seem possible. Despite 40 years of law reform, law has neither changed the cultural acceptability of sexual and intimate partner violence nor deterred that violence in any meaningful way. Many people still don’t see the legal system as a viable option for addressing violence. The rise of #MeToo is about the failure of the law.