Contemporary Feminist Protest in Ireland: #Me Too in Irish Theatre

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Abstract

This essay draws upon the work of Judith Butler, Sara Ahmed, and Germaine Greer to consider the #MeToo movement and its reflection in the work of the author's students and the scandal at Dublin's Gate Theatre. Taking competing conceptions of freedom as they are materialised in this activism as it starting point, the essay questions intergenerational feminist ideas about the nature of freedom and its relationship to fear and to harassment. The essay returns to the feminist principle that ‘the personal is the political’ to reflect on women's lived experiences of threat and harassment, and young women's resistance to their objectification.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-93
Number of pages12
JournalIrish University Review
Volume50
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2020

Keywords

  • Freedom
  • Activism
  • Feminism
  • Irish theatre

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