Paper Title

#AllLivesMatter, #NotAllMen: Backlash against Social Justice Movements

Location

Room 217, DiGiorgio Campus Center (DiGs)

Start Date

April 2016

End Date

April 2016

Keywords

social justice movements, feminism, intersectionality, backlash, equality

Abstract

Just as today’s continued efforts for equality and social justice have evolved, so too has the form of backlash against such efforts. In the guise of wanting to represent the interests of all, those with power and privilege have developed new and more insidious ways of silencing those working toward equality in society. This presentation will explore this phenomenon through analysis of works such as Backlash: The Undeclared War Against Women (Faludi, 2006) and The New Jim Crow (Alexander, 2012). Rather than embracing qualities espoused by theories of intersectionality, these new forms of backlash demand that we equate concepts of “sameness” and “equality”; they simultaneously try to put all on the same level without the recognition that society is far from accomplishing that goal. The declaration of reverse racism and the antifeminist and male rights advocate (MRA) movement illustrate backlash poignantly. This presentation will explore these forms of backlash and stimulate conversation about how we persevere in the face of contention and opposition.

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Apr 2nd, 2:00 PM Apr 2nd, 3:15 PM

#AllLivesMatter, #NotAllMen: Backlash against Social Justice Movements

Room 217, DiGiorgio Campus Center (DiGs)

Just as today’s continued efforts for equality and social justice have evolved, so too has the form of backlash against such efforts. In the guise of wanting to represent the interests of all, those with power and privilege have developed new and more insidious ways of silencing those working toward equality in society. This presentation will explore this phenomenon through analysis of works such as Backlash: The Undeclared War Against Women (Faludi, 2006) and The New Jim Crow (Alexander, 2012). Rather than embracing qualities espoused by theories of intersectionality, these new forms of backlash demand that we equate concepts of “sameness” and “equality”; they simultaneously try to put all on the same level without the recognition that society is far from accomplishing that goal. The declaration of reverse racism and the antifeminist and male rights advocate (MRA) movement illustrate backlash poignantly. This presentation will explore these forms of backlash and stimulate conversation about how we persevere in the face of contention and opposition.