Roundtables | (Des)Coding Masculinities

Media and Sexual Violence in the #MeToo era. The Portuguese case

October 15, 2020, 10h00

Room 1, CES | Alta


The second session of the (De)Coding Maculinities series will be dedicated to the repercussions of #MeToo in the Portuguese media, one of the thematic areas of the DeCodeM project: (De)coding Masculinities. The 2017 #MeToo movement was widely reported in Portugal, partly due to the fact that several actresses involved in denouncing Harvey Weinstein are known to the Portuguese public. The media followed the development of the movement in the United States and its translations in countries like France (#BalanceTonPorc), but paid only marginal attention to the movement’s appropriations in other parts of the world (Sweden, Egypt and India, for instance).

With this session, the DeCodeM project intends to promote a discussion on how the Portuguese media covered the #MeToo developments abroad; how media coverage of some (mostly) legal, and controversial, Portuguese cases was – or was not - influenced by the movement; and how conceptions and ideals disseminated in the Portuguese media sphere contributed to include, restrict or exclude debates about masculinities, sexual violence and sexual harassment generated around #MeToo.

The session will begin with the presentation of the partial results of research carried out in the DeCodeM project. It will also have a contribution from Tina Askanius, a project consultant, on #MeToo in Scandinavian countries. The two roundtables bring together journalists, media experts and activists in the area of sexual violence. The first intends to discuss the current situation regarding the mediation of sexual violence and harassment in the Portuguese media. The second will discuss the question “Was there a Portuguese #MeToo?”.

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