Grand Polemics Art of Mind Meeting #7

#metoo Moving Forward

December 2, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Tristan Lauber Studio 4848A ave. du Parc, Montreal, qc H2V 4E6
Moderator: Geoff Brown
Evaluator: Geoff Brown

#metoo Moving Forward

#metoo is a hashtag and social movement for raising awareness about sexual assault and harassment. It was used as early as 2006, but rose to prominence in 2017 as many women came forward with accusations against film producer Harvey Weinstein. The public discussion around these events has encouraged many other victims to share their experiences, and has spurred further discussion about feminism, sex education, justice and workplace policy. Although the movement is widely viewed as a net positive, and an overdue correction, there are criticisms against it. Detractors say that its objectives are unclear, it can inspire fatigue by saturating the media with stories of sexual harassment, it can cause victims to relive their trauma, and it can go too far and lead to over-correction. It also commits the logical fallacy of anecdotal evidence by focusing on individual stories, and particularly on the stories of celebrities instead of on statistical data or solutions. Is #metoo a net positive? Do you support the movement? Should it be improved, replaced or abandoned?


5 min 6:00pm - 6:05pm
Business Session
Geoff Brown 5 min 6:05pm - 6:10pm
Fallacy of the Day
Anecdotal Evidence
Geoff Brown 5 min 6:10pm - 6:15pm
#metoo Moving Forward
Geoff Brown 90 min 6:15pm - 7:45pm
Geoff Brown 10 min 7:45pm - 7:55pm
Closing Words
Geoff Brown 5 min 7:55pm - 8:00pm
Agenda PDF