Since the MeToo hashtag went viral in 2017, the movement has burgeoned across social media, moving beyond Twitter and into living rooms and courtrooms. It has spread unevenly across the globe, with some countries and societies more impacted than others, and interacted with existing feminist movements, struggles, and resistances.

This interdisciplinary handbook identifies thematic and theoretical areas that require attention and interrogation, inviting the reader to make connections between the ways in which the #MeToo movement has panned out in different parts of the world, seeing it in the context of the many feminist and gendered struggles already in place, as well as the solidarities with similar movements across countries and cultures.

With contributions from gender experts spanning a wide range of disciplines including political science, history, sociology, law, literature, and philosophy, this groundbreaking book will have contemporary relevance for scholars, feminists, gender researchers, and policy-makers across the globe.

chapter |23 pages


Rebellion, revolution, reformation
ByGiti Chandra, Irma Erlingsdóttir

part Part I|114 pages


chapter 1|7 pages

Struggle, solidarity, and social change

ByAngela Y. Davis

chapter 2|8 pages

#MeToo as a revolutionary cascade

ByCass R. Sunstein

chapter 3|13 pages

Global #MeToo

ByCatharine A. MacKinnon

chapter 4|10 pages

Subject of desire / subject of feminism

Some notes on the split subject(s) of #MeToo
ByAnne-Emmanuelle Berger

chapter 5|20 pages

#MeToo as a variegated phenomenon against men’s violences and violations

Implications for men and masculinities
ByJeff Hearn

chapter 6|14 pages

#MeToo: beyond invulnerability

Towards a new ontological paradigm
ByNanna Hlín Halldórsdóttir

chapter 7|10 pages

The anonymous feminist

Agency, trauma, personhood, and the #MeToo movement
ByGiti Chandra

chapter 8|14 pages

Silencing resistance to the patriarchy

ByEyja M. Brynjarsdóttir

chapter 9|16 pages

#MeToo, African feminisms, and the scourge of stereotypes

ByNkiru Balonwu

part Part II|108 pages


chapter 10|13 pages

Narrating #MeToo

Calling our organisations to action
ByPamela L. Runestad

chapter 12|10 pages

Moving from theory to praxis

Sexual violence and the #MeToo movement
ByVinita Chandra

chapter 13|4 pages

Wieners, whiners, Weinsteins, and worse

ByJack Halberstam

chapter 14|13 pages

Of moguls, monsters, and men

ByKaren Boyle

chapter 16|9 pages

Being a disabled feminist killjoy in a feminist movement

ByFreyja Haraldsdóttir

chapter 17|17 pages

Black women, #MeToo and resisting plantation feminism

ByMarai Larasi

part Part III|218 pages

Global perspectives

chapter 18|20 pages


Anger, denouncement, and hope
ByPurna Sen

chapter 19|15 pages

#MeToo in France, a feminist revolution?

A sociohistorical approach
ByBibia Pavard, Florence Rochefort, Michelle Zancarini-Fournel

chapter 20|19 pages

Polish #MeToo

When concern for men’s rights derails the women’s revolution
ByMagdalena Grabowska, Marta Rawłuszko

chapter 21|17 pages

#яНеБоюсьСкаать (#IAmNotAfraidToSpeak), #MeToo, and the Russian media

Public discourse around violence against women in Russia
ByAnna Sedysheva

chapter 22|23 pages

#MeToo in post-socialist countries

A comparative analysis of Romanian and Chinese feminist activism against sexual violence
ByMirela Violeta David

chapter 23|17 pages

In the name of #RiceBunny

Legacy, strategy, and efficacy of the Chinese #MeToo movement
ByLi Jun

chapter 24|12 pages

The #MeToo movement in Japan

Tentative steps towards transformation
ByRobert O’Mochain

chapter 25|14 pages

#ANAKAMAN — MeToo in the Arab world

A journalist’s account
ByRym Tina Ghazal

chapter 26|11 pages

#MeToo, the law, and anti-sexual violence activism in Kenya

ByK. Kanyali Mwikya, Judy Gitau, Esther Waweru

chapter 27|13 pages

Critical reflections on #MeToo in contemporary South Africa through an African feminist lens

ByTamara Shefer, Tigist Shewarega Hussen

chapter 28|13 pages

#MeToo Argentina

A protest movement in progress
ByMarifran Carlson

chapter 29|16 pages

Mexico and Latin America

From #MeToo to #NiUnaMenos
ByDomínguez R. Edmé

chapter 30|11 pages


Social media as a tool for shaping a counter-public space in Swedish academia
ByLisa Salmonsson

chapter 31|15 pages

Fighting structural inequalities

Feminist activism and the #MeToo movement in Iceland
ByIrma Erlingsdóttir