Wst4 Think about how power informs sexuality and vice versa. Drawing upon at least ONE of the assigned readings for this unit and one contemporary example,

Wst4 Think about how power informs sexuality and vice versa. Drawing upon at least ONE of the assigned readings for this unit and one contemporary example, please discuss how power and sexuality inform the #MeToo Movement? You may draw upon a contemporary example from your own experiences, media, academia, internet culture, etc.

Be sure to use APA formatting in your initial response (including in-text citations and references), add word count, and adhere to the proper word length. 7/30/2019 When Women Of Color Say #MeToo : NPR

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RACE

When Black Women’s Stories Of
Sexual Abuse Are Excluded From
The National Narrative

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Karen Attiah, The Washington Post’s global opinions editor, says current
conversation surrounding sexual harassment largely excludes victims who are

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women of color.
The Washington Post

The recent cultural reckoning over sexual assault and

harassment has highlighted the dangers women face

in workplaces throughout Hollywood, media

organizations and in public office. The growing

number of accusations has put a spotlight on high-

profile men’s abuse of power, many times with white

men being accused by white women. But what about

stories from women of color?

Karen Attiah, The Washington Post’s global opinions

editor, tells NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro the current

conversation surrounding sexual harassment largely

excludes women of color who are victims.

Attiah points to the numerous accusations against

musical artist R. Kelly. The claims against the 50-

year-old R&B singer span a number of years and

range from illegal underage relationships, child

pornography and most recently, holding women

against their will.

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“When these accusations against these powerful white

men … came to light, it really again reminded me that

we haven’t been talking about some of these figures

who are in our popular culture that have been accused

of preying on women for decades,” Attiah says.

She says a number of factors contribute to the

apparent lack of national discussion about the R.

Kelly accusations: His music has become a mainstay

in black culture, many women accusing him aren’t

high-profile or powerful celebrities – and many of

those women are black.

“Part of it, unfortunately, has to do with whether or

not we see black women and girls as worthy of care

and worthy of protection,” Attiah says.

“Unfortunately, it’s hard not to think that if his

victims were wealthy white women, that we would be

including R. Kelly in these conversations that we’re

THE
RECORD
Breaking Confidentiality, R. Kelly Accuser Goes Public Claiming
Underage Relationship

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having right now about sexual abuse and

exploitation.”

Interview Highlights

On conversations about accusations against R.

Kelly within the black community

I mean, I hear of course both men and women who

say you know what, “He’s gotta go, this guy is a

monster, we can’t allow this to be happening.” And

then I also just find this sense of, “Well, we need to

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wait for all the facts.” And so it’s kind of unfortunate

to hear that from the black community. So it’s hard to

kind of demand that the mainstream media and

community stand up for the victims when it seems

like the black community, our community, is not

always willing to do that, ourselves.

On what happens when women of color do

speak up about sexual harassment

You know, it’s really interesting because I think of

Lupita Nyong’o’s New York Timesarticle where she
talks about her encounter with Harvey Weinstein, and

it was one of the more moving and very well-written

accounts of what it was like to have to deal with a man

who was powerful yet charming yet fearsome. And it

struck me that … it was her account that Weinstein or

his team forcefully pushed back on. Not only is there a

sense of we’re excluded from the narrative, but even

when prominent members of our community are in

the narrative, that we’re the ones whose stories are

pushed back upon. We’re the ones who are lying.

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On including more women in the #MeToo

movement

I think one thing about the #MeToo movement, a lot

of it has been seemingly confined to, I would say,

white collar professional jobs. So, if we’re wanting to

include more women, we need to also be talking about

the abuses that go on in sectors like restaurant

workers, domestic help … Because again, what ties all

of this together, regardless of income, regardless of

status, regardless of color, really, is about the abuse of

power. So, women of color who already have harder

barriers in those professional circles, I think we

absolutely do need to pay more attention to their

stories, and part of that will be for us to start listening

and to start taking women of color seriously.

NPR Digital News Intern Isabel Dobrin produced
this story for the Web.

NATIONAL
In The Wake Of Harvey Weinstein Scandal, Women Say #MeToo

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