Unsettled: Mapping #MeToo

#Metoo has led many people to share their experiences with sexual harassment and sexual assault. It’s sparked conversations and controversy and maybe even cultural change. Unsettled: Mapping #Metoo is a podcast from Iowa Public Radio dedicated to conversations about the impact of #MeToo and what comes next. 

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On October 15 2017, actress Alyssa Milano typed a tweet asking women to reply #MeToo if they'd been sexually harrassed or assualted. The next morning, she woke up to 55,000 responses.

During this episode of Unsettled: Mapping #MeToo, Alyssa talks about what she thinks has been accomplished by #MeToo in the last year. 

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Human trafficking is one of the world’s largest criminal industries. It’s a form of human slavery, often a form of sexual exploitation, and it happens everywhere, even in Iowa. 

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"Men are afraid women will reject them. Women are afraid men will kill them." This is a phrase we've seen quoted all over the internet since #MeToo went viral last year. 

During this episode of Unsettled: Mapping #MeToo, Tiffany Allison, founder of the Soaring Hearts Foundation and a survivor of domestic violence, talks about the night her ex-boyfriend nearly beat her to death by bashing her head into a hardwood staircase and hitting her with a wrought iron cross. 


When a well-known and influential writer, actor, or filmmaker gets accused of inappropriate or even illegal behavior, what happens to their body of work? Has the art that was created lost its value? How should people who loved and were influenced by that art respond?

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Talking to kids about sex has long been a challenge for parents, and these conversations often focus solely on the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.


#MeToo continues to be a powerful conversation starter about power dynamics and gender roles, and phrases like "toxic masculinity" are becoming mainstream.

During this episode of Unsettled: Mapping #MeToo, we hear from Bryant Smith, author of Manhood: The Missing Manual and talk about "the man box" and how to get outside of it. 


In July of 2018, 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts of Brooklyn, Iowa went out for a run and never came home. More than a month later, her body was found in a cornfield.

The murder suspect, a 24-year-old man, allegedly followed Mollie on her run, and when his sexual advances were rejected, he murdered her. 

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More than one high-profile politician, or worried mother, has voiced the concern that "it's a scary time to be a young man in America," post #MeToo. And it's true that the movement has left young men and women with a giant mess of ever-changing expectations to navigate when it comes to dating and negotiating sex. 

In this episode of Unsettled: Mapping #MeToo: how conversations between men are changing. 

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Since #MeToo went viral, there's been a growing conversation surrounding consent, and we see "yes means yes" winning over "no means no," as a way to ask about having sex. 

As interviewers, we know that asking yes or no questions doesn't always lead to the greatest conversation, so we wanted to talk about introducing a more open ended question like "what do you like?" 

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Last October, the hashtag #MeToo became a rallying cry. Almost overnight, social media exploded with people sharing their stories of sexual assault and sexual harassment. During this episode of Unsettled: Mapping #MeToo, we hear from Tarana Burke, the founder of the #MeToo movement.