From marches against a pussy-grabber in the White House to the exposure of dozens of powerful, sexist men in media – 2017 has been the year women fought back.
No question it’s been a tough year for many women. One that shook their faith and tested their resolve. But ultimately, it’s been galvanising. It was the year where a mountain of accusations against Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein sparked a #metoo movement, giving women a space to share their personal stories of abuse and mistreatment knowing finally it was safe to do so.
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The latest example of women standing up for each other against the men who sought to take advantage of them, is a plan to wear black to the Golden Globes as a silent form of protest against the grotesque abuse women have suffered at the hands of some of Hollywood’s most powerful men.
It’s a simple, yet clever plan to send a powerful statement: women, we’re with you; abusers, the time of you using your power as an opportunity to exploit has ended.
This week, McGowan, who before sharing her allegations of rape at the hands of Weinstein, lent her voice to the 2016 campaign against Donald Trump, sent out a Tweet in which she called Streep, and any other women who “happily” worked for Weinstein, a hypocrite for participating in the Golden Globes protest.
In it, McGowan also sarcastically suggested the actresses wear designs made by Georgina Chapman, Weinstein’s ex-wife.
Now we completely understand McGowan’s frustration. Before Weinstein was exposed as a predator, Streep, like many other men and women in the US entertainment industry, praised him.
Perhaps it’s this joke she made while accepting a 2012 Golden Globe that particularly irked McGowan: “I just wanna thank my agent Kevin Huvane and God, Harvey Weinstein, the punisher, Old Testament, I guess.”
However, what we don’t understand is why the activist has chosen to attack a fellow actress, one who has told of fighting back when she witnessed abuse, for not her refusal to participate in a signal of solidarity, but her willingness to.
Streep, and any other actress who chooses to participate, are only trying to ensure a conversation started this year continues into the next.
While McGowan has an unequivocal right to feel what she feels - we can't help but sense her anger is misdirected in this instance.
After all, aren't the real enemies - and the focus of the protest - the men who abused women? The system that created a culture where women had to some extent be complicit in order to thrive in Hollywood?
So Rose McGowan, Meryl Streep is not the enemy. In a year that has been marked by a united front of females fighting against oppression and abuse, don't end 2017 by shutting down other women for wanting to stand together and make a statement.
It's the only way to move forward.
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