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#MeToo: Essays About How and Why This Happened,

What It Means and How To Make Sure It Never Happens Again

More than 16 million people had posted their #MeToo story and support against sexual harassment by mid-October as a reaction to Rose McGowan’s brave admission that she had allegedly been raped by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. A groundswell of reaction to and exposur
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Published November 3rd 2017 by Riverdale Avenue Books (first published November 2017)
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The #MeToo movement started originally in 2006 but really gained steam this last year, following the allegations of sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein from a number of women. Women all over the world took to social media websites to share their stories, or simply show solidarity, with the hashtag, #MeToo.

I have a #MeToo story. I was seventeen years old and walking home from school.
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Before I begin, please be warned that there are potential sexual assault triggers in this book and possibly this review. If you have a #MeToo story, whether you’ve shared it or not, whether it happened yesterday or decades ago, you are stronger than you think you are and healing is possible.

#MeToo - Essays About How and Why This Happened, What it Means and How to Make Sure it Never Happens Again delivers what it promises. While I personally connected with some essays more than others, over
☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
This was a fantastic read and important. This book made me cry but as it said there is strength in numbers so I posted my review and story @
Vicky "phenkos"
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
The publisher, Riverdale Avenue Books, kindly agreed to send me a review copy through netgalley, however, you can download the e-book for free from a number of platforms, including the publisher's own website and amazon. And I really think you should, as this is a great collection of essays on a staggering array of topics related to the #MeToo movement includin ...more
Nov 18, 2017 rated it liked it
While some were more insightful than others, these essays managed to illustrate strong connections between gender inequality, toxic masculinity, and misogyny in a meaningful way.
Lori Perkins
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Essays by a cross section of America from people who worked inside Hollywood, romance writers, journalists, an HR professional, politicians, etc.
Marty :} (thecursedbooks)
Will soon add a link to my blog for a discussion on feminism and my view on misogynism.

I liked this book's purpose very much, it's admirable, it's raw and makes you feel things and understand the gravity of the issue. I was hoping for an all-women book, though, because while men have to be our allies in this problem, it would be nice to hear women speak of their issues, only women for a chance. I wanted to hear how #MeToo affected women, how it changed the way they saw life, whether the hashtag
Quintin Zimmermann
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
As a husband and a father of two young daughters I am a huge supporter of #MeToo.

Whilst the essays in this compilation are raw and heart-wrenching, they are not the best written.

My thoughts were not provoked and my understanding was not expanded to the extent that I would have liked.

I really expected more than what was proffered.
Anais Stewart
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
“Because being heard was important. Being heard leads to people listening. Doing. It leads to change.”

Metoo spotlights collections of short stories and essays revolving around the Harvey Weinstein incidents that happened during October 2017. #Metoo refers to the series of tweets made by Alyssa Milano then Rose McGowan. The short stories focus a lot on victims and their personal journeys and experiences. Stories from the 70’s to now, and it was a very eye opening read (and it’s crazy how
Biz (Formerly Rachael)
Average Rating: 3.29 stars.

This is a difficult review to write. I by no means want to take away from the importance of the #MeToo hashtag, but this book definitely had its flaws. I wish I could give it five stars simply for the importance of subject matter, but I can’t. I’m going to divide my review into sections based on the essays themselves.


Remembering Patricia Douglas, the First Woman to Call Out Hollywood for Sexual Assault: 5 stars. Haunting, sad, and made me tear up. I had never heard
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
#MeToo Essays About How and Why This Happened, What It Means and How to Make Sure it Never Happens Again is a collection of twenty-six essays—written mostly by women, but also a few men—with many sharing their personal stories about sexual harassment, assault, or rape.

#MeToo isn't a fun read, but it's an important one. In November 2017, millions of women from around the world shared their stories on social media (or simply #metoo if they were unable to tell their story). If you followed the move
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was a collection of 26 essays/testimonies around #MeToo.
Most essays were very heartfelt and incredible but some of them felt flat for me and some even annoyed me.
As Minnie Driver said :
"Let women do the speaking up right now. The time right now is for men just to listen and not have an opinion about it for once."

Still, this was mostly great.
HeidiLynns BookReviews
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First, I want to thank Lori Perkins, Riverdale Avenue Books and NetGalley for providing me with this book so I may bring you this review.

#Me Too Essays about How and Why This Happens, What it means, and How to Make Sure it Never Happens Again edited by Lori Perkins cover of the book got my attention right away. It is incredibly powerful with three arms up different ethnicity showing that they stand together as one. This book is filled with incredible stories from incredible strong woman who are
Bryony Nelson
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
This is such an eye opener. Despite already knowing the struggles and issues of being a female and having to deal with a lot day-to-day, it was comforting reading first-hand accounts and reading how courageous and strong the writers were knowing they came out of the other side, and decided to share their experiences to help others. It was also refreshing to read essays from men who have dealt with similar issues and shedding light and speaking out on something that is more taboo in today's socie ...more
This collection of essays are so important. These are not easy to read, but they need to be told. I believe this book will empower many others who have yet to share their own #MeToo experiences to find their voice and speak their truth. I received the ARC version of this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting book. The best essay gas to be Katherine Ramsfield's entitled 'Tit for Tat'.
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So with the topic of sexual harassment dominating the news, and the #MeToo campaign dominating my social media feeds, and Gretchen Carlson's Be Fierce being the last book that I read, the stars were aligning for me to read this so I could tell others about it. It's a free ebook, a collection of essays that was written in a very short period of time (a couple of weeks, maybe?) to seize the #MeToo moment. Which is admirable, but the quality is very uneven. I'm rounding up to four stars because I s ...more
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I believe that gathering powerful people together can be very beneficial. The #MeToo movement has changed my point of view in many situations. It is vital for us to share a message like this, and this book is suitable for the ones that feel the need to listen to others for once. Many of us misunderstood the meaning behind creating this hashtag, and it is still unclear for many of us why so many people are able to tell their stories only now. I truly recommend this book, and I hope that together ...more
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read2018, non-fiction
#MeToo: Essays About How and Why This Happened,

What It Means and How To Make Sure It Never Happens Again

More than 16 million people had posted their #MeToo story and support against sexual harassment by mid-October as a reaction to Rose McGowan’s brave admission that she had allegedly been raped by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

While the essays do talk about an important topic, I felt that it wasn't as well written as I expected it to be.

Overall 3.5 stars
Rhonda Lomazow
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bravo to this important book,Finally a stand is being taken,we will no longer be harassed assulted tormented by men who view women as theirs to take touch ,assault,&yesvas we hear daily men are also assaulted so we as humans need to stand together,No More.This book must be read passed from person to person& hopefully there will be follow up.5=stars is the highest rating but this book deserves a standing ovation buy it share it speak the truth. #MeToo
Taylor Long
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
such an incredibly powerful, inspiring and educational book. Such an important issue and something needs to change. Would recommend giving this a read, even if it’s just an extract or two as it is full of such meaning. I like how it is free, everybody needs to know about this book and campaign. #MeToo x
Well it is personal essays on people's own experiences so hard to be critical but I did find some of the essays insights, some sad, and overall got the feeling that everyone has a story of me too, how each handles it is unique!
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I think this anthology is a very important one to have an idea behind the #MeToo movement that happened back in November. The stories all shared different point of views, some of them want us to fight while others just want to understand it.
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
#MeToo:Essays About How and Why This Happened, What It Means and How To Make Sure It Never Happens Again.
by Lori Perkins
Riverdale Avenue Books
4.5 / 5

It's 2019. It's hard to believe #MeToo, a hashtag/movement named 10 years ago by Tamara Burke, is today even necessary. In fact, now more than ever, it is more than necessary.
It is essential.
We came so close to being a nation of people, working towards inclusion.
We came so close to being a nation, one of the only nations, whose pride was in o
Natalie Wood
Make no mistake: the day Harvey Weinstein woke up to discover he was a cockroach, we soon learned the movie mogul is but another disgusting creature on a dunghill so vast we may never dig it up.

Don’t be fooled: while the first revelations tempted satire, it is clear that the phenomenon of universal sexual harassment-cum-abuse should be far too serious for sniggers and lewd laughter.

From private homes to schools and offices; from the Israeli Knesset to the U.S. White House and on to the U.K. Hous
Caroline Craig
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a very quick read and I thoroughly enjoyed the different essays, poems, or personal testimonies. Lori Perkins makes a profound statement by saying in her introduction that "We are not a mob. We are a movement." She explained how #MeToo went global with hashtags like #YoTambien in Spanish and #BalanceTonPorc in French. Even Patricia Douglas, the first whistle-blower on the sexual abuse in Hollywood, is covered. In these essays, you hear from Jessica Berdinka who worked for the Weinstein ...more
Geshna Ballgobin
Eye-opening book. Informative Factual.

This book is about the #MeToo movement.

"A world this riddled with sexual harassment and abuse will never be healed by a hashtag, that's for sure. Yet this moment could be the first one in which you choose to do something different, to lay the first brick in a world that is being built differently, a world safe for women's bodies and men's feelings, a world worthy of everyone's wholeness." - Courtney E. Martin

It is a collection of experiences; described by
Nov 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
The hashtag #metoo was started by social activist Tarana Burke in 2006 to raise awareness of sexual abuse among women of color. Actress Alyssa Milano borrowed the hashtag in October of 2017 to encourage all women who have experienced sexual abuse, assault, or harassment to post about it on social media in order to show the magnitude of the problem. According to a CNN story, the hashtag was used on Facebook more than 12 million times in the first 24 hours.

Lori Perkins states the purpose of these
Kaitlyn Joy
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2018-books
I was given a e copy of #MeToo in exchange for an honest review.

As a woman (human), I have been impacted by the Me Too movement. I have gone into a club and experienced unwanted touching and pictures taken without my permission. I have a Me Too moment (okay, maybe more than a moment). So I want to start off my review saying that I have a stake in this movement as do too many others.

Lori Perkins starts off the collection by writing about her motivation, “The #MeToo movement is part of a larger
"We are not a mob. We are a movement."

Pithy with interesting writers contributing. It's worth reading because it's a quick read and gave me time to evaluate what's going on. I felt that most of the contributors are too second wave non-intersectional feminists for me to really want to say YES YES YES. I feel like a book on the #metoo movement should include male voices that feel the impact of the patriarchy. Not those who say unhelpful things like it never happened to me, I never saw it happen to
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