Published online by Cambridge University Press: 18 September 2019
In October 2017, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein (once wittily hailed by Tom Stoppard as Shakespeare in Love’s ‘only begetter, Mr. H. W.’)2 was accused of multiple sexual assaults. The weeks and months that followed saw countless women testifying to similar experiences of assault, harassment and silencing. Using the hashtag #MeToo to circulate their stories on social media, those who had endured isolated, isolating acts of violence found the power to speak and – at last – be heard. Dams burst: soon, other powerful sexual abusers were named, and male, trans and gender-nonconforming witnesses added their voices to the chorus.