11 Of The Best Books To Come Out Of The Me Too Movement
Introspective books published since Me Too.
Me Too Books You Need To Read
Trigger Warning: This article contains heavy topics including rape, sexual assault, and abuse.
The Me Too Movement originally began in 2006 by Tarana Burke to advocate and empower victims, particularly Black women and girls. The movement gained traction in 2017 and became a phenomena of people sharing their stories of rape, sexual assault, harassment, stalking, and more.
It hasn’t taken long for many incredible books to come from the Me Too Movement. They include books written by journalists investigating big name sexual predators, personal accounts from victims and survivors, and literature written as catharsis for those who have endured and survived horrific things.
This list of books is incredibly important to me as both a victim and survivor of rape and sexual assault because I believe exposing predators and sharing our experiences are what it will take to finally end rape culture.
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1. Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow
Ronan Farrow heard whispers of a Hollywood conspiracy, one that allowed predators to conceal their secrets through money and fear. The deeper he dug, the more Farrow discovered just how widespread it was, with an endgame of silencing both victims and journalists.
2. She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey
Rumors surrounding Harvey Weinstein have circulated for ages, but it wasn’t until recently that his horrifying actions have come to a head. Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey’s breaking report on Weinstein sparked a movement. In their book, She Said, they analyze everything that has grown from the Me Too Movement and what it means for the future.
3. Know My Name: A Memoir by Chanel Miller
After years of only being know as Emily Doe, Chanel Miller has finally come forward as the woman Brock Turner assaulted. Determined to share her story, Miller’s book shines light on the shame and isolation she felt in a world that protects predators.
4. Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture by Roxane Gay
Roxanne Gay’s anthology, Not That Bad, collects essays from a variety of contributors and covers a large range of topics. It includes violence against women, child molestation, the rape epidemic, and so much more. Each story is heartbreaking and difficult to read, yet so worth it.
5. What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape by Sohaila Abdulali
Author Sohaila Abdulali was seventeen when she was gang-raped. The more time passed, the angrier she grew about the epidemic of rape around the world. What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape is an introspective look at both rape and rape culture and how to raise the next generation in this world.
6. The Girls: An All-American Town, a Predatory Doctor, and the Untold Story of the Gymnasts Who Brought Him Down by Abigail Pesta
Rumors surrounding Harvey Weinstein have circulated for ages, but it wasn’t until recently that his horrifying actions have come to a head. Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey’s breaking report on Weinstein sparked a movement. In their book, She Said, they analyze everything that has grown from the #MeToo Movement and what it means for the future.
7. All the President's Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator by Barry Levine and Monique El-Faizy
The #MeToo Movement has brought down many powerful men, but one man has made it through virtually unscather. That is Donald Trump, who still managed to worm his way into power after sexual assault allegations came out. All the President’s Women includes interviews with women he’s harmed and chronicles his relationships with women from a young age.
8. Indelible in the Hippocampus
While testifying against Brett Kavanaugh, Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford said, “Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter.” This book takes its title from her quote and shares poetry, essays, and fiction written by writers who have their on #MeToo story to share.
9. We Too: How the Church Can Respond Redemptively to the Sexual Abuse Crisis by Mary E. DeMuth
Author Mary DeMuth is a survivor of childhood sexual assault. At her lowest, she found healing in the church. But she knows the church is not without its faults and dives into how churches respond to sexual violence and how to respond to victims with honesty and healing, urging the chruch to become the institution it was always meant to be.
10. Nobody's Victim: Fighting Psychos, Stalkers, Pervs, and Trolls by Carrie Goldberg
During her time as a victim’s rights lawyer, Carrie Goldburg has discovered that victims come from every race, gender, sexual orientation, age, class, occupation, and more. Abusers, however, don’t. She classifies them into four different categories: assholes, psychos, pervs, and trolls. They are predictable and knowing their patterns allows people to learn to fight back.
11. A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America Kindle Edition by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong
Recently, Netflix released a mini-series titled Unbelievable, the story of a teenage girl who was raped and forced to state she lied about it. A False Report is the book the mini-series was based on. It shares Marie’s experience and that of the two detectives who helped her get justice, demonstrating the way victims are often persecuted more than rapists in both the eyes of the law and the public.
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