Gendering Dissent: #MeToo Travels to Scandinavia in the Early Twenty-First Century



#MeToo, dissent, Americanization, masculinity, class, Denmark


In May 2018, the #MeToo movement picked up wind when Harvey Weinstein was charged by the New York County District Attorney’s Office with rape and sexual misconduct. But #MeToo was slow to take hold in Scandinavia, specifically in Denmark, where the consensus seemed to be that inequality and sexual harassment had long been overcome. Both the Women’s March, which Ralph Young includes in Dissent: The History of an American Idea (2015), and the belated #MeToo movement in Denmark demonstrate the importance of American dissent, though the American Studies community has ignored national differences within #MeToo. Taken together, #MeToo protests in the United States set in motion a fourth wave of Americanization in Scandinavia, though the movement changed as it traveled across the Atlantic. Recent examples from Danish media and monographs suggest that the local #MeToo movement focused on the men involved and on class and the Danish Welfare State, which might topple if trade unionists did not take sexual violence seriously. Even the royal family would ultimately feel the sting of #MeToo and its relentless demand for equality.

DOI: 10.14712/23363231.2023.2