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The Oxford Debates: Is it Time to Reinvent Me Too?

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and Ariane Sherine

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

6:00pm

1 hour

Weston Lecture Theatre

£8 - £13.50

Journalist and author Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is joined by comedy writer and journalist Ariane Sherine to debate the truth about the Me Too movement – is its voice still strong or has a media backlash now framed it as a witch hunt and vilified victims?

Me Too is a movement against sexual abuse. It grew following the allegations made against Harvey Weinstein by several actresses. The hashtag #MeToo went viral soon after, and many high-profile celebrities have since offered their own #MeToo stories. The appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court was fraught with allegations of sexual assault. During the hearings, President Trump said it was now a ‘difficult’ and ’scary’ time for young men in the US, adding: ‘Somebody could accuse you of something and you’re automatically guilty.’ The founder of the Me Too movement, Tarana Burke, has said the movement she began has become ‘unrecognisable’ and that a media backlash has now framed it as a witch hunt. ‘Suddenly, a movement to centre survivors of sexual violence is being talked about as a vindictive plot against men,’ she said. ‘Victims are heard and then vilified.’

Alibhai-Brown is a British journalist and author who has written extensively on issues of diversity and social justice. In 2016 Alibhai-Brown won the Columnist of the Year Broadsheet at the British Press Awards. Her books include In Defence of Political Correctness (about which she speaks at another festival event), Refusing The Veil, and Exotic England: The Making of A Curious Nation.

Sherine is creator of the Atheist Bus Campaign, with adverts across the world saying ‘There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life’. Her latest book is Talk Yourself Better, a beginner’s guide to therapy. She has written for BBC1’s My Family, Channel 4’s Countdown and BBC2’s Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, as well as for many national newspapers and magazines.

Discussions are chaired by Dr Stephen Law, philosopher, editor of The Royal Institute of Philosophy Journal Think – Philosophy for Everyone and author of The Philosophy Gym and The Complete Philosophy Files.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Jesus College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Macdonald Bear Hotel Critchleys The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Felicity Bryan Associates Oxford University Press Conference Oxford University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Sloane Club British Humanist Association Schoolreaders Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Steer Oxford Botanic Garden