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The week in patriarchy: women are strong when we stick up together | Jessica Valenti

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‘This week gave me hope’ Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

What a week it’s been. Between the Golden Globes and Times Up, Oprah and the slew of new allegations against powerful men … it’s a lot. But I have to say that this week gave me hope.

In particular, the quick and furious response of feminists online when Harper’s magazine was said to be outing the creator of the Shitty Media Men list. Notorious anti-feminist and backlash opportunist Katie Roiphe was said to be writing the piece, and so within hours women online coordinated to protect the anonymous woman’s identity.

The details are the stuff that media controversy is made of. Roiphe was caught lying to the New York Times about including the woman’s name, and later the list creator herself - Moira Donegan - wrote a soulful and moving piece about her role in #MeToo and the country’s sexual harassment reckoning.

In the end, what stuck with me was the way women stuck up for each other. It reminded me that #MeToo isn’t going anywhere, and that anyone who tries to punish the leaders - whether they are behind the scenes or on the front the lines - will be stopped. In a time when everything feels so hard, that’s something to be grateful for.

Glass Half Full

A bill in California could make medication abortion available at colleges, a move that would be tremendous for the pro-choice movement and for students in desperate need of increased access.

What I’m RTing

Who I’m reading

Obviously, the wonderful and brave Moira Donegan; Lyz Lenz with a necessary response to Harper’s and Katie Roiphe; and Reductress for a much-needed laugh: “I believe women unless they’re talking about me.”

What I’m writing

I keep hearing that feminists are killing eros with #MeToo – but whose ‘eros’ are we really worried about?

How outraged I am

On a scale of one to 10, I’m at please-get-me-off-Twitter thanks to some male pundits’ responses to the Shitty Media Men List.

How I’m making it through this week

Ice cream, mostly. But this pile of Corgis also helps.

This article titled "The week in patriarchy: women are strong when we stick up together" was written by Jessica Valenti, for on Saturday 13 January 2018 03.00pm

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