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#MeToo: Before & Beyond

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‘Look, I know not all men are like that,’ she retorted. ‘And
I know that you love exploring the grey areas of life. I’m also
fascinated with the grey areas. But right now it’s time for men
to shut up and listen to us. And not just listen to us—defend us,
stand behind us and stand beside us.’

Hannah Leser in Women, Men & The Whole Damn Thing by David Leser

In 2006, Tarana Burke, a civil rights activist from New York, founded the Me Too movement and began using the phrase "Me Too" to raise awareness of the pervasiveness of sexual abuse and assault in society. The phrase "Me Too" developed into a broader movement following the 2017 use of #MeToo as a hashtag following the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations.

The world watched in horror as the accusations began to publicly topple not only once powerful and untouchable Hollywood Moguls, but also Presidents, Bollywood actors, music producers, colleagues, bosses, spouses and ex-partners. The #MeToo domino effect has led to a global outcry for change in countries around the world. Statistics on rape, abuse and violence are no longer buried and ignored but are being plastered everywhere in newspapers, monographs and billboards so those in the dark can finally see the severity of oppression that many women and marginalised people have suffered. The result is a resounding number of voices supporting each other and echoing the same clear message that "enough is enough". Excluding, extorting, objectifying, and silencing others into submission will soon be a thing of the past which we will all look back on as barbaric and shameful...or will it?

Who were we before #MeToo and where are we headed? The movement has been incredibly effective and positive but are there any negative ramifications? What did consent mean then, and what does consent mean now? Who were the perps and players in the boardrooms, the change rooms, the senates? As women continue to claim power and agency, will the men that hold power relinquish it without a fight? What might happen when we collectively stop blaming the victim and start educating our boys?

On the 29th of August, UNSW Bookshop will host a panel of authors whose work contributes to the #MeToo movement by addressing these questions and unpacking what drives men to abuse, to violence and aggression. Join us for this free event with Jess Hill, investigative journalist and author of See What You Made Me Do; David Leser, Sydney based journalist and author of Women, Men & The Whole Damn Thing; Jamil Jivani, Canadian lawyer, educator and author of Why Some Men; in conversation facilitated by UNSW's Anna Hush, Director of End of Rape on Campus. Audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions and join the discussion at the end and have their books signed by the authors.

*WARNING - *Content discussed during the event may be triggering for some people. If you have experienced or currently experiencing abuse of a sexual. emotional and/or physical nature or know someone who is, there are links at the bottom of this page that will direct you to professional and discrete services that can help.

https://www.humanrights.gov.au/our-work/sex-discrimination/list-sexual-assault-services

Or call 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732)


About the authors:

Jess Hill is an investigative journalist who has been writing about domestic violence since 2014. Prior to this, she was a producer for ABC Radio, a Middle East correspondent for The Global Mail, and an investigative journalist for Background Briefing. She was listed in Foreign Policy's top 100 women to follow on Twitter, and her reporting on domestic violence has won two Walkley awards, an Amnesty International award and three Our Watch awards. She released See What You Made Me Do through Black Inc. Books in June, 2019 which you can preorder here; https://www.bookshop.unsw.edu.au/details.cgi?ITEMNO=9781760641405

David Leser has been a Middle East and Washington D. C. correspondent as well as feature writer in Australia for the Murdoch, Packer and Fairfax presses. He's more recently gained a reputation as a brilliant profile writer; among his subjects are Alan Jones, Dame Edna Everage, Helen Garner, Margaret Whitlam, Oriana Fallaci, the Dalai Lama and Xena, Warrior Princess. The recipient of a number of awards, David has worked as a staff feature writer for the Daily Telegraph, The Australian, HQ, The Bulletin, The Sydney Morning Herald, Good Weekend and the Australian Women's Weekly. In June, 2014 David published To Begin to Know: Walking in the Shadows of My Father with Allen & Unwin. His most recent publication, Women, Men & The Whole Damn Thing is due to be released with Allen & Unwin in August, 2019 which you can preorder here; https://www.bookshop.unsw.edu.au/details.cgi?ITEMNO=9781925266108

Jamil Jivani was born and raised in Toronto. He is a visiting professor at Toronto’s Osgoode Hall Law School, where he focuses on issues affecting youth, immigrants and low-income families. He founded the Citizen Empowerment Project, an organization leading initiatives related to policing, racial profiling, democratic participation and economic development. Jivani attended Yale Law School and served as president of the Yale Black Law Students Association. He has worked for a US senator, as a high school teacher in the US and Kenya and as a corporate lawyer in Manhattan. Since graduating he has practised corporate law in Toronto, acted as a management consultant and was named the 2015 Young Lawyer of the Year by the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers. Jamil released Why Young Men with Pantera Press in May, 2019 which you can preorder here; https://www.bookshop.unsw.edu.au/details.cgi?ITEMNO=9781925700497&13352183

Anna Hush is a community organiser, writer and researcher, currently completing a PhD in the UNSW Faculty of Law. Her research explores how student activists have responded to sexual violence at Australian universities. She is also a co-Director of the community advocacy group End Rape on Campus Australia.

Getting to the bookshop;

We are located at E15 on the UNSW Kensington Map

All day casual parking is generally available on the top floors of the multistory carparks located via Gate 14 Barker Street and Gate 11 Botany Street Kensington.

2P and 4P short-term meter parking is also available via Gate 2, Gate 5 and Gate 8 High St and via Gate 14 Barker St Kensington.
Parking is free between 7:30PM and 7.30AM Monday to Friday, weekends and Public Holidays. Vehicles must park in a marked bay during these hours.

Public Transport;

Buses run frequently to and from UNSW. For the Inner West the 370 or 348 will get you to and from UNSW. Stand C on Eddy Avenue outside Central Train Station frequently run buses to UNSW as do buses on Oxford Street, Sydney.

If you are coming via taxi or Uber, the best drop off option is at Gate 2, High Street Kensington.

*Please refer to the link below for more information about transport and parking options;
https://www.estate.unsw.edu.au/plan-your-visit/public-transport




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