This essay makes a case for the specificity of the different claims grouped under the category of “sexual injury to women” in order to think with more precision about the kind of solidarity projects that are required. In the case of #MeToo, one of the most important outcomes of its recent iteration has been its elucidation of sexual harassment in the workplace. While there has undoubtedly been political utility in acknowledging the pervasiveness of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and other kinds of sexual injury writ large, we risk losing the lessons of what must be remedied if injuries are homogenized.
Keyword 2: Solidarity
rebecca wanzo is an associate professor of women, gender, and sexuality studies at Washington University in St. Louis. Her publications include The Suffering Will Not Be Televised: African American Women and Sentimental Political Storytelling (State University of New York Press, 2009) and essays in edited collections and journals such as American Literature, Camera Obscura, The Journal of Popular Culture, and Women & Performance. She is currently completing The Content of Our Caricature, a discussion of black citizenship discourse in comics and cartoon art.
Rebecca Wanzo; Keyword 2: Solidarity. differences 1 May 2019; 30 (1): 24–33. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10407391-7481190
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