• Me, Not You

  • The Trouble with Mainstream Feminism
  • By: Alison Phipps
  • Narrated by: Chloe Massey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
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The Me Too movement, started by Black feminist Tarana Burke in 2006, went viral as a hashtag 11 years later after a tweet by White actor Alyssa Milano. Mainstream movements like #MeToo have often built on and coopted the work of women of color, while refusing to learn from them or center their concerns. Far too often, the message is not "Me, Too" but "Me, Not You". 

Alison Phipps argues that this is not just a lack of solidarity. Privileged White women also sacrifice more marginalized people to achieve their aims, or even define them as enemies when they get in the way. Me, Not You argues that the mainstream movement against sexual violence expresses a political whiteness that both reflects its demographics and limits its revolutionary potential. Privileged White women use their traumatic experiences to create media outrage, while relying on state power and bureaucracy to purge "bad men" from elite institutions with little concern for where they might appear next. In their attacks on sex workers and trans people, the more reactionary branches of this feminist movement play into the hands of the resurgent far-right.

©2020 Alison Phipps (P)2022 Manchester University Press

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A very important book

This is a short book but it is full of important ideas and strong arguments for intersectional feminism and how white women can do better. As a white woman myself I found it difficult to hear at times. But excited as well. It’s short and worth your time. If you are new to feminism you may need to google a few things. That’s ok! :)