In Favour of the Nameless

Brockes, Emma. “Me Too Founder Tarana Burke: ‘You Have to Use Your Privilege to Serve Other People.’” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 15 Jan. 2018,

Brocke's interview piece for The Guardian is a popular secondary source on reporting on the founder of the #MeToo movement's decision to effectively use her ever expanding platform to help victims of sexual assault. Tarana Burke began the campaign twelve years prior to its social media predecessor as a workshop to inform and help formerly voiceless survivors of sexual abuse, assault and harassment. Burke herself was critical of #MeToo making its way into social media and the mainstream, however she continues to listen to critics and is responding to the widespread popularity social media has provided her to continue running Me Too workshops and speak up for the voiceless young women who are struggling to find support after sexual abuse. This article I found rather well written and insightful into the mind of a powerful #MeToo figurehead. Burke was Michelle Williams' date to the Golden Globes, and my first introduction to her was seeing her a gorgeous gown on television alongside some of the industry's most well known celebrities. To me, this image initially made me think of Tarana Burke as a superstar, somebody  beyond my experiences as a regular nineteen year old girl. This interview brought her to an accessible level to me and showed me where Burke began and the true heart of her work lies: to empower the voiceless survivors of sexual assault and bring education to every young person who needs it. I especially applauded Burke's emphasis on accepting criticism while also defending her ideas with grace and intelligence. Overall, this article educated me quite a lot about Tarana Burke's role in the #meToo movement and where she hopes to see it go. 

Hill, Lawrence. “Women Have a Right to Be Heard and Respected.” The Globe and Mail, The Globe and Mail Inc., 18 Nov. 2016, Updated April 7, 2017

This op-ed piece is a popular secondary source written by highly acclaimed Canadian author Lawrence Hill for the Globe and Mail. In this succinct opinion piece, Hill describes two causes he has supported throughout his career and how they both relate to the accused/assailant and the accusers/victims in the UBC case. What Hill then leads this into is that he does not know whether Steven Galloway is guilty of the crimes held against him, however he also does not find it his place to silence any woman who has been so brave as to come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct. Throughout North America, a country with great power and wealth, women are still being faced with staggering amounts of domestic violence, and Hill refuses to sign the UBC accountable letter because he believes that, above all else, people who speak up about sexual assault deserve to be respected, taken seriously and listened to under all circumstances. Lawrence Hill brings up a few excellent arguments in favour of Galloway's accusers. I feel he took a well rounded stance: acknowledging the signers of the UBC accountable letter and their intentions while still defending his stance against signing the open letter based on his beliefs. Hill's argument in favour of protecting victims gave pause to me as he gave many staggering examples of rape culture in recent times, such as Trump's predatory comments and the Jian Ghomeshi scandal which have ended quite negatively for the victims of the situations. People brave enough to face public ridicule should not be silenced, and Hill is completely correct in this point. While I feel the situation is more complex than what he brought forward, Hill was also explaining his rationale towards the situation and did not have to get into nuances: his stance was simple, and he made it known.