Defining Sexual Misconduct

Power, Media, and #MeToo

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This book examines the contemporary dynamics of public accusations and their relationship to more formal criminal justice processes, as well as the implications of this shifting landscape for the stigmatization of alleged abusers and public response to alleged victims. Sexual misconduct relies on power imbalances and media play a fundamental role in social power.


"This book really helps to illuminate and clarify the potential harms that can be done in the absence of sexual consent. By walking us through well-known examples from news reports, the authors make us think about the challenges survivors face when disclosing, how hard it is to hold abusers accountable, and the complexities and ambiguities of sexual consent and sexual agency — and the role played by the media, both social and traditional. " —Dan Savage, author of It Gets Better and American Savage

“A serious advance . . . in research. This is the first book I have seen tracing media development of the term, ‘sexual misconduct’ . . . It's timely and important. " —Tracy Everbach, co-author of Mediating Misogyny: Gender, Technology and Harassment 
“The analysis of the complexity of agency and responsabilization is brilliant. " —Ummni Khan, author of Vicarious Kinks: Sadomasochism in the Socio-Legal Imaginary