This Week in Women: Vindication is Coming in Hot
Vindication is coming in hot as more and more women come forward with salacious stories of rampant abuses of power throughout Hollywood. And on the other coast, Washington D.C. continues to ratchet up the daily churn of its own horrific headlines. We’re breaking it all down in This Week in Women!
The List Grows Against Harvey Weinstein
As we mentioned last week, Hollywood producer and uber-predator Harvey Weinstein is in hot water as the list of allegations against him avalanche the industry landscape. And Weinstein isn’t the only one that’s being drug over the coals for disgusting past behaviors — Ben Affleck and Amazon Studios Roy Price are having to answer for their bad behavior as well.
“I don’t think you can describe him as a ‘sex addict.’ He’s a predator. But what he’s, as it were, the top of the ladder of is a system of harassment, and belittling, and bullying, and interference, and what my mother would have referred to in the olden days as ‘pestering,’” Emma Thompson said in an interview with BBC. “This has been part of our world, the women’s world, since time immemorial. So what we need to start talking about is the crisis in masculinity, the crisis of extreme masculinity which is this sort of behavior, and the fact that it is not only OK, but it also is represented by the most powerful man in the world at the moment.”
The growing list of women speaking out about abuse and routine harassment, includes over 30 industry professionals and actresses, including Cara Delevigne, Angelina Jolie, Mira Sorvino, Léa Seydoux, and more. Rose McGowan revealed that she was the actress referenced in the 1997 dispute that reached a $100,000 settlement and NDA. This week she launched a Twitterstorm, accusing Weinstein of rape in a tweet directed to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, “I told the head of your studio that HW raped me. Over & over I said it. He said it hadn’t been proven. I said I was the proof.”
McGowan was temporarily banned from Twitter, prompting a backlash of #WomenProtestTwitter, and as of this morning her account has been restored. She’s unrelenting in her calls for dismantling the Hollywood hierarchy that allows abuse and sexism to be hidden by power.
As for Weinstein? He’s currently holed up at a treatment facility in Scottsdale, Arizona as law enforcement in the UK and NYC decide whether to pursue additional charge for allegations.
Frustrated by the dead-for-now healthcare debate, Trump has decided to wage his own unpopular war against the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”). He signed two executive orders this week aimed at ending subsidies for Obamacare recipients, as well as increasing competition amongst insurance companies. Both of these are unwelcome announcements for young people and lower income Americans that depend on subsidies to be able to afford healthcare — it is estimated that these changes will affect over 6 million people.
In addition, last Friday, Trump also decided to issue new rules that removed the responsibility for employers, universities, religious institutions and insurance companies to include preventative birth control coverage in health insurance plans for “moral” or “religious” reasons. What does this mean? Increased costs for women to get birth control, and more importantly, a statement against women’s access to critical healthcare.
#HandsOffMyBC continues to be a top trending hashtag on Twitter, as users react to the Trump policies that will harm over 55 million women currently covered by the Obamacare mandate for preventative birth control coverage.
“If these politicians truly want to reduce the need for abortion, as they claim they do, they should invest in women’s health and preventive care,” wrote Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosley in an op-ed for The New York Times. “Being able to decide whether and when you have children is a fundamental right, and one that no woman should have made for her by her boss or a politician.”
Lineup Announced for “Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker”
Marianne Amelinckx, Nicole Emanuele, Myna Joseph, Nikyatu Jusu and Anna Zlokovic are the chosen filmmakers highlighted in this year’s “Through Her Lens” program. The third annual event, which takes place in NYC October 17-19, “provides funding, meaningful project support, and significant mentorship for up-and-coming US-based female writers and directors” says the Tribeca Film Institute.
“We created ‘Through Her Lens’ with Chanel three years ago to support and nurture female artists through mentorship and funding,” said Paula Weinstein (not related with the Weinstein Company), EVP of Tribeca Enterprises. “Since then, we’ve built a community of incredible women storytellers who recognize how critical it is to discover and empower female filmmakers. We’re excited to welcome this next generation of rising talent to the program.”
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