PODCAST: Deconstructing #MeToo: Yasmin Nair on “Know My Name”
In Episode Eighteen, the fourth in a series about books related to #MeToo and our final episode for 2020, Allison talks again with author and activist Yasmin Nair, this time about Chanel Miller’s 2019 memoir, Know My Name. The book is a blistering and tender account, from Miller’s perspective, of her sexual assault by Stanford University student Brock Turner, and its harrowing aftermath in The People v. Turner case. Miller’s writing is brilliant and deft, and manages to convey both her personal story as well as the mechanisms of the broken system that was supposed to bring justice. Allison and Yasmin examine how Know My Name resists a lot of the problematic issues that often beset so-called “survivor” narratives, and what the emergence of Miller’s voice has meant for the larger politics of #MeToo.
Listen to the podcast here.