The Author Of The Sh*tty Media Men List Is Revealed


The document got a bigger reaction than she anticipated, Donegan writes: Instead of collecting "unspoken knowledge" shared among "the women in my circles", she says, she found a "broader reckoning with abuses of power that spanned an industry". My life has been unusual and sometimes frightening ever since. I can immediately think of two scenarios in which it might be highly newsworthy to report on the identity of the person who started the list.

The "Shitty Media Men" list named men, where they worked, and their alleged act of misconduct.

But reactions to Donegan's almost 3,000-word essay in "The Cut" - a website tied to New York Magazine - seem to parallel how The Washington Post publisher was viewed by the Nixon administration in the early 1970s. "No writers pulled their stories", Melucci said.

It is "One more reminder that there's a difference between an American culture that professes a general appreciation for women and their voices, and one that is fully ready to hear what those women have to say", Garber said. Read on to find out. In fact, a Twitter forensics analyst could probably trace the precise eruptions of indignation and reactive outrage back to Donegan, a writer for n+1.

"The piece is not even about her".

In depth: The Washington Post's Samantha Schmidt provides an overview of the list's impact, the outcry over Roiphe's planned piece, and the reaction to Donegan's disclosure. In July 2017, she penned an article titled, "The Watermelon Woman Shows the Power of Gay History", an examination of the Cheryl Dunye's 1996 film The Watermelon Woman. "She has also written for publications like the New Yorker and the London Review of Books". Women have always been doing this informally, as Donegan notes - the list was a more formal version of a whisper network, one women could use to help protect others since official channels like human resources departments or police reports so often result in dead ends. "This is what shocked me about the spreadsheet: the realization of how badly it was needed, how much more common the experience of sexual harassment or assault is than the opportunity to speak about it". "I have to say it's a little disturbing that anyone besides Trump views Twitter as a reliable news source".

The list first was circulated in October, and it has grown as more and more women added names and descriptions of inappropriate behavior. "An expression of woundedness and rage has been transformed into a demand for a better world".

The list, which was first covered by the Buzzfeed, reportedly started as a "radical experiment", an "avenue to report this kind of behavior and warn others without fear of retaliation", as Donegan explained in her fearless piece. "I only wanted to create a place for women to share their stories of harassment and assault without being needlessly discredited or judged".

"In October, I created a Google spreadsheet called "Shitty Media Men" that collected a range of rumours and allegations of sexual misconduct, much of it violent, by men in magazines and publishing", a writer named Moira Donegan wrote in The Cut on Wednesday.

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She said she was contacted by Katie Roiphe at Harper's in December about an article on the feminist movement.

Donegan wrote an article where she explained her decision to create the controversial spreadsheet.

But Donegan does not regret creating it.

"I thought that women could create a document with the aim of helping one another in part because I assumed that people with authority didn't care about what we had to say there", she wrote. "If not, how would you respond to this allegation?"

Donegan admits she was naive when she made the spreadsheet, and that its rapidly growing existence scared her. "I lost friends: some who thought I had been overzealous, others who thought I had not been zealous enough".

She said she has lived in fear that she too will be exposed and harassed ever since.

Still, Donegan supports the movement and its ambitions.

Donegan says the list was meant to help women in a manner similar to a "whisper network, \" but in a way that was "accessible to women who didn't have the professional or social cache required for admittance into whisper networks".