The #MeToo Movement Reviews

The #MeToo Movement : ISBN 978-1-68282-761-1 / eBook: 978-1-68282-762-8
School Library Journal, March 1, 2020

Gr 7 Up—What began as a Myspace page in 2006 became the global #MeToo movement in 2017. As many women started speaking out about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, actress Alyssa Milano posted on Twitter that people should reply “Me too” if they had been harassed or assaulted. From there, Milano was introduced to civil rights activist and social justice advocate Tarana Burke. Burke originally started “Me too” for girls and women of color to share their experiences of sexual abuse and violence. Milano and Burke teamed up, and other celebrities and everyday people spoke up and added to the conversation. This movement has had many positive cultural impacts, as well as some unintentional consequences. Park offers an informational guide that is both well written and well researched. Citations and a source notes section support the text and could lead to additional research. The historical groundwork of #MeToo wonderfully kicks off this book, followed by the positive impact and accomplishments of the movement. From there, the author shares how the movement has changed the way some men conduct interpersonal relationships with women. Parks presents facts without judgment. Informational inserts throughout the chapters highlight facts that are necessary but not needed in the main text. VERDICT A readable and valuable source. Be sure to add to your collection for readers looking to educate themselves and to conduct research on a crucial and timely topic.
—Amanda Borgia, Uniondale Public Library, NY

The #MeToo Movement : ISBN 978-1-68282-761-1 / eBook: 978-1-68282-762-8
Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2020

In a tweet heard 'round the world, #MeToo sparked a movement, igniting a fiery, complex conversation about sexual harassment. Parks (Careers in Fashion, 2019, etc.) provides a robust history of sexual harassment, beginning with the #MeToo social media movement. Initiated by activist Tarana Burke in 2006 and pushed into the mainstream lexicon by actor Alyssa Milano in 2017, #MeToo demonstrates solidarity among people who have experienced sexual harassment. Parks begins with the hashtag, then details allegations against the rich and famous, like Harvey Weinstein, and elected officials such as Al Franken. She also relates the stories of those who have spoken up, including Taylor Swift and journalist Gretchen Carlson. Parks pushes the narrative beyond a tale of victim and victimized to one of victors: She correlates the #MeToo movement with the historic rise in women elected to state and federal offices in 2018, asserting that the #MeToo movement played a significant role. #MeToo sparked a wave of legislative interest and workplace policies to address sexual harassment, but not without unintended consequences. Parks explains some of the serious externalities that resulted: a presumption of guilt against the accused, diminished opportunities for women to be mentored by male colleagues, and retaliation against accusers. Men and boys are also mentioned as targets of sexual harassment. Ample color photographs add interest, and sidebars offer important contextual information.A comprehensive examination of sexual harassment and #MeToo. (source notes, further reading, index, photo credits) (Nonfiction. 12-18)