Victoria Barclay observes the destigmatizing work of the #MeToo movement and its intersectional failings in article in U of T Undergraduate Sociology Journal

Victoria Barclay recently published an article in the third volume of the Undergraduate Sociology Journal (USJ) during her 4th year titled “Race, class, and gender: The #MeToo movement & stigma.” In her article, Victoria outlines the ways that race, class, and gender can all intersect to affect stigma associated with the victimization of sexual violence. She observes how the voices of white and upper-class women in Hollywood dominating the #MeToo movement have worked to erase the experiences of racialized and lower-class women in the movement. Victoria recalls the roots of the #MeToo movement founded by Tarana Burke that was intended to destigmatize the sexual violence survivor realities of racialized women. She contrasts this history with the current picture of the movement that has served to destigmatize the victimization of only the most privileged group of women. Victoria calls for social programs and policies surrounding gender-based violence to adopt an intersectional approach and attend to lower-class and racialized experiences of sexual violence that are so routinely neglected.

Read Victoria’s full article in Volume 3 of the USJ here