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Exploring The Roles Of The Media In The #MeToo Movement

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In this Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 file photo, protesters gather at the Grand Park in Los Angeles for a Women's March against sexual violence and the policies of the Trump administration. The #MeToo movement, which surfaced late in 2017, maintained its momentum throughout 2018 as many more powerful men were forced to account for past instances of sexual assault and misconduct. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

At the beginning of the #MeToo movement, media figures were among the first exposed for their misconduct and fostering cultures that allowed for sexual harassment and abuse. Journalists at media organizations have investigated stories and amplified voices of survivors — making it possible to hold abusers accountable. But in some cases, media organizations killed those stories. So, the media's role in #MeToo is complicated and Meenakshi Gigi Durham, Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa has worked to untangle all of those threads.

On this edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks to Durham about the many roles media played in the #MeToo movement detailed in her book, “MeToo: The Impact of Rape Culture in the Media.”


  • Meenakshi Gigi Durham, professor in the school of journalism and mass communications, University of Iowa
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Matthew was a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River
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