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#metoo 2.0 to #meNOmore: analysing Western reporting about sexual violence in the music industry

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posted on 2020-01-01, 00:00 authored by Andrea Baker, Katrina Williams, Usha Rodrigues
In October 2017, #metoo 2.0 reinforces the gendered sexual violence in the creative sector [Marghitu, 2018 Marghitu, Stefania. 2018. “It’s Just art: Auteur Apologism in the Post-Weinstein era.” Feminist Media Studies 18 (93): 491–494. doi: 10.1080/14680777.2018.1456158[Taylor & Francis Online] , [Google Scholar]. “It’s Just art: Auteur Apologism in the Post-Weinstein era”, Feminist Media Studies, 18(93): 491–494] Building on this movement, on 11 November that year, 2912 women “testified about the situation in the Swedish music industry”, signing an open letter condemning sexual violence [Nyheter, 2017. “2192 Women in the Swedish Music Industry Behind Appeal Against Sexism.” Dagens Nyheter, November 17.]. After the Swedish initiative, on 12 December 2017, the #meNOmore hashtag was established by 1000 women who signed an open letter to the Australian music industry speaking out against similar behaviour [Whyte, 2017a Whyte, Sarah. 2017a. “Artists Speak Out Against Sexual Harassment in the Music Industry.” AM – ABC Radio, December 13. . [Google Scholar]. “Artists Speak Out Against Sexual Harassment in the Music Industry.” AM – ABC Radio, December 13.]. Using a content analysis framework, this study examines the media framing of 26 stories about #meNOmore by the Western press from 22 November 2017 (height of the Swedish campaign) to 21 December 2017 (a week after the hashtag surfaced in Australia). Research from journalism studies and musicology highlights that sexual violence is historically engrained in the media and music industries. However, findings from our study of the first month’s coverage of the #meNOmore content analysis in 2017 reveal that media reports about women and sexual violence were framed around addressing gender inequality and systemic structural issues in the music industry. This raises the question, has the media has turned a corner when covering sexual violence in the post #metoo era?



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