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Do You Hear Me Now? Inside the Power of #MeToo

Friday July 12 2024 • 2:03pm - 2:03pm ET

Jenna Wortham, Jessica Bennett and Amanda Hess

It’s been one month since the sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein sent a ripple effect through Hollywood and beyond, prompting thousands of women to share their own stories under the hashtag #MeToo.

Since then the dominos have continued to fall: Louis C.K., Mark Halperin, Kevin Spacey and on and on and on. We’ve seen this movie before. In 1992, the year after Anita Hill’s claims against Clarence Thomas, complaints to the E.E.O.C. rose 73 percent. And yet then — nothing happened. What’s different this time? And how much of it has to do with the power of a simple hashtag to turn up the volume?

New York Times gender editor Jessica Bennett leads a discussion with internet critic Amanda Hess and Still Processing host Jenna Wortham on technology’s role in the ongoing conversation about sexual harassment and assault.

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