#MeToo and the estrangement of beauty-and-the-beast narratives

Svetlana Ilinskaya, Douglas Robinson

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How might the #MeToo movement be understood as estranging? The essay explores several possibilities related to the Beauty and the Beast myth, involving estranging male privilege (the right to pursue women for sex) and female privilege (the traditional helplessness that makes a woman depend on a man for protection), before examining an art project launched by Russian artist Khasan Bakhayev estranging both modern fashion canons of beauty and the bestiality of Stalin's purges in the 1930s. The essay explores the tensions between Bakhayev's quest for "beauty" (aesthetics as analgesia) and the empathic power of art to disrupt and disturb (estrangement).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)375-405
Number of pages31
JournalSocial Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)


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