MeTooThe Impact of Rape Culture in the Media
The Impact of Rape Culture in the Media

In the wake of the MeToo movement, revelations of sexual assault and harassment continue to disrupt sexual politics across the globe. Reports of widespread misconduct—in workplaces from doctors’ offices to factory floors—precipitate firings, legal actions, street protests, and policy punditry.

Meenakshi Gigi Durham situates media culture as a place in which these broader social struggles are produced and reproduced. The media figures whose depravity sparked the #MeToo movement are symbols of the complexities of sexual desire and consent. Pop culture fuels controversies about rape culture; social media users have launched feminist resistance that turned to real-world activism; and investigative journalists have broken stories of assault, offering a platform for survivors to speak truth to patriarchal power. Arguing that the media are a linchpin in these events, Durham provides a feminist account of the interrelated contexts of media production, representation, and reception. She situates the media as the key site where the establishment of sexuality and social relations takes place, and traces the media's powerful role in both reifying and challenging rape culture.

This timely and stimulating book will be of interest to students and scholars of media, communication, gender studies, and sociology, as well as to anyone concerned by the current state of sexual politics.​

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  • June 2021
  • 160 pages
  • 143 x 219 mm / 6 x 9 in
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Table of Contents
Table of contents:Acknowledgements


Chapter 1: Rapacity
Monsters, Inc.
Danger Zones
Of Presidents And Pussy-Grabs

Chapter 2: Representation
The Naked And The Damned
Reporting And Rape Culture

Chapter 3: Resistance

Coda: Reformulating Desire And Consent

About the Author
Meenakshi Gigi Durham is Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and CLAS Collegiate Scholar at the University of Iowa.
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“An accessible and thorough interrogation of the media, rape culture, and MeToo. The book does a fantastic job of detailing rape culture (as it is conceived by many feminist theorists and activists) as well as outlining, in a really impressive way, the complexity of the MeToo movement.”
Catherine Rottenberg, University of Nottingham

“Laying out with great clarity what needs to be done to remove rape culture and its residue from the media, this insightful, thoughtful, and generative volume demonstrates why this eradication is a social justice issue that should matter to all.”
Barbie Zelizer, Raymond Williams Professor of Communication, University of Pennsylvania

“Durham moves our understanding of rape culture into the twenty-first century with this compelling examination of the MeToo movement. The book will provoke discussions across disciplines and audiences.”
Carolyn Byerly, Chair of Communication, Culture, and Media Studies, Howard University


“A powerful tool for those wanting to challenge the objectification of the vulnerable among us.”
Christianity Today

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