She Said - Breaking the Sexual Harassment - Story That Helped Ignite a Movement


How much do I want to read more? 6/10

So it's about the Weinstein's scandal in Hollywood movie industry. A list of 87 accusers about sexual abuse cases.
It's rather boring to read, it's a lot about facts, history, journalism, political…
What goes underground.
I'm not sure why I was interested in such a book in the first place..
Yes maybe, I wanted to see the power from being courageous to say what happened, and seing all the bad things collapsing. Maybe there's emotion in it, Maybe there are lessons too.


PREFACE

In one year of work, it was possible for a thirtysomething-year-old woman to make more money than all of her female ancestors had made in their combined lifetimes.
But all too often, women were sexually harassed with impunity.

CHAPTER ONE - THE FIRST PHONE CALL

Harvey Weinstein, his name was synonymous with power, specifically the power to make and boost careers.
he had propelled young actors to stardom: Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Michelle Williams, and Jennifer Lawrence. He could turn tiny independent movies like Sex, Lies, and Videotape or The Crying Game into phenomena. He had pioneered the modern Oscar campaign, winning five Best Picture statues for himself and armloads for others. His record of raising money for Hillary Clinton…

Within a few days, she said, Weinstein had left a message on her home phone in Los Angeles with a creepy offer: Other big female stars were his special friends, and she could join his club as well. Shocked and distraught, McGowan had complained to her managers, hired a lawyer, and ended up with a $100,000 settlement from Weinstein—essentially, a payment to make the matter go away, without any admission of wrongdoing on his part—which she said she had donated to a rape crisis center.

The problem was worse than Weinstein, she said. Hollywood was an organized system for abusing women. It lured them with promises of fame, turned them into highly profitable products, treated their bodies as property, required them to look perfect, and then discarded them.
“Weinstein—it’s not just him, it’s an entire machine, supply chain.”