A document circulating late Wednesday named and shamed dozens of men in media for bad behavior toward women.
When a ‘whisper network’ goes viral, does it help or hurt the women it’s supposed to benefit?
Women have always had informal whisper networks about abusive men. But this public list is a way of women taking control, and breaking the culture of silence
Part of the reservations surrounding the “Shitty Media Men” list trace back to anxieties surrounding the #MeToo movement as a whole. Among many women, there is still a sense that the movement could be on the brink of collapse at any point, that a single false allegation or wrong move could halt the momentum and make it more difficult for victims of sexual misconduct to speak out. A list that anyone could access or manipulate seemed like playing with fire.
The whisper network tries to address the inadequacies of the “proper channels,” which, as we’ve seen in recent cases of sexual harassment and assault, often punish women for speaking out. But there are inadequacies in the whisper network, too.