👓 Donald Trump Assaulted Me, But He’s Not Alone on My List of Hideous Men | The Cut

Read Donald Trump Assaulted Me, But He’s Not Alone on My List of Hideous Men (The Cut)
“I made a list of hideous men in my life. It includes the president — who assaulted me in the dressing room of Bergdorf Goodman 23 years ago.”

🎧 Sheila Nevins on Age, Sex, Love, Life, and Everything Else | Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda

Listened to Sheila Nevins on Age, Sex, Love, Life, and Everything Else by Alan Alda from Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda

Sheila Nevins has explored the human condition in the thousand or so documentaries she produced for HBO. From more than 30 years of telling us stories about ourselves, to her experience as a woman in the workplace, Sheila has plenty to say about communicating. And she never holds back. In this delightful episode, Alan Alda talks with Sheila about her life, how she feels about aging, the movement, sex, divorce, documentaries, storytelling, and just about everything else! This episode is sponsored by Calm. Check out www.calm.com/alda for more details.

I always forget that Sheila is as old as she is. She does have a great sense of humor.

She makes an interesting point about humility that people with power (and especially within the entertainment industry) should be aware of and work to improve.

Most shocking was the story she tells about her me too moment and how she viewed it. Definitely a perspective I wouldn’t have expected.

Her perspective about looking at individuals as a way into human problems and making documentaries is similar to a philosophy I remember hearing from Masha Gessen in an interview that Jeffrey Goldberg did with her. The upshot is that, especially for righting wrongs and general atrocities, focusing a story on a particular individual has a lot more power than focusing on the nameless and faceless masses. Sheila’s example of the Holocaust survivor is a particular apt one. (As I think about it Masha would be a great interview for this podcast.)

In fact, I recently watched an immigration related documentary on Frontline and while I didn’t personally find the lead woman very relate-able or sympathetic, I was still pissed off at the process because her individual story was still so powerful.

This general ideal also reminds me of the gut-punch scene at the end of the film A Time To Kill (1996) [spoiler alert] which ends with the command to the jury “Now imagine she’s white.”

🎧 Episode 002 – James Bond and Wonder Woman | Media and the End of the World Podcast

Listened to Episode 002 – James Bond and Wonder Woman by Adam Croom and Ralph Beliveau

On this episode, Adam and Ralph have their first guest, Dr. Lisa Funnell. Dr. Funnell’s research explores the performance and intersection of identities—specifically gender, race, sexuality, nationality, and ethnicity—in Hong Kong martial arts films, Hollywood blockbusters, and the James Bond franchise. We recognize we should have held out this discussion for episode 007, but we were too excited to contain ourselves.

Show Notes

👓 Mario Batali officially out at all 16 of his restaurants, including Mozzaplex in L.A. | LA Times

Read Mario Batali officially out at all 16 of his restaurants, including Mozzaplex in L.A. (latimes.com)
The celebrity chef, who has been accused of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct spanning at least two decades, no longer has a financial stake in his former restaurant empire.

👓 #MeToo law restricts use of nondisclosure agreements in sexual misconduct cases | LA Times

Read #MeToo law restricts use of nondisclosure agreements in sexual misconduct cases (latimes.com)
Among victims and advocates, an important step in dismantling the pervasive problem of harassment and the system that has kept it under wraps for so long is to void or curb the use of NDAs to settle sexual abuse cases.

The tough part is recreating a better system and predicting the potential future abuses that may continue in such a system. How do we enforce fairness fairly? What unintended consequences might there be?

📺 Weinstein | Watch S36 E6 | FRONTLINE | PBS

Watched Weinstein from FRONTLINE
SEASON 36: EPISODE 6
FRONTLINE investigates how Harvey Weinstein allegedly sexually harassed and abused dozens of women over four decades. With allegations going back to Weinstein’s early years, the film examines the elaborate ways he and those around him tried to silence his accusers.

👓 Ousted NPR news chief, ex-Fox News execs team up on new site | Politico

Read Ousted NPR news chief, ex-Fox News execs team up on new site (POLITICO)
The site's founder says it will remedy the media's trust problems, but two top hires left their previous jobs after allegations of harassment and racism.

There’s a lot of forgiveness built into allowing these two executives to redeem themselves. I would worry about hiring them and not protecting both the company as well as its employees against potential harm. What happens if they continue their abuse. Then the company will have known about their prior problems and tacitly allowed them to continue on.

This is the second story I’ve seen now about abusive men from the me too movement being given a second chance. How is society taking these “comebacks”? How is the market reacting to them economically? Will advertisers shy away?

📺 "House of Cards" Chapter 73 | Netflix

Watched "House of Cards" Chapter 73 from Netflix
Directed by Robin Wright. With Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Diane Lane, Campbell Scott. Claire tries to tarnish Frank's legacy. Doug provokes Claire by releasing excerpts from Frank's diary. A rift develops between the Shepherds.

Holy crap! Not the ending expected and one they can only get away with because it’s the end of the series and they don’t have to show what’s next.

I do like the bookends of the entire series with the quote about pain and putting down a wounded animal. It’s only in this sense that there’s actually any real closure here, otherwise the show really just whimpered to a close.

I still have to admit that the way they got rid of Francis in the first episode of the season was awesome both within the series itself as well as a comment on Spacey in light of the movement.

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This is an amazing performance on gender equality by a group of girls from my old high school. Happy it exists and can be shared. Proud that it won the Skrekkur talent show in 2015.

I'd just like to point out that this was made before the metoo movement started.

📺 Elsku Stelpur (Dear Girls) | YouTube

Watched Elsku Stelpur (Dear Girls) from YouTube
"Elsku Stelpur" or "Dear Girls" was the winning performance by Hagaskóli in Skrekkur 2015, an annual Icelandic talent show between high schools in Reykjavík. The performance consists of contemporary dancing and feminist slam poetry in Icelandic, which I've subtitled in English so that more people can understand its powerful message, please enjoy.

A powerful piece. Possibly even more powerful watching it in a language that isn’t English.

🎧 ‘The Daily’: Letting Louis C.K. Back Onstage | New York Times

Listened to ‘The Daily’: Letting Louis C.K. Back Onstage from New York Times

Nine months after admitting to sexual misconduct with multiple women, Louis C.K. dropped into a New York City comedy club unannounced and tried to make a comeback. And then he returned, again and again. We talk to the club owner who gave him that stage.

An interesting story that brings up an important philosophical question. It’s one thing for phenomenally rich people who could otherwise have retired and disappeared, but how this plays out will also inform how it will affect other lesser famous people going forward as well.

🎧 The Daily: Special Episode: The Last ‘Year of the Woman’ | New York Times

Listened to The Daily: Special Episode: The Last ‘Year of the Woman’ by Michael Barbaro from New York Times

We speak to Senator Dianne Feinstein about why 2018 has been called the Year of the Woman, a moniker that comes from the historic elections of 1992.

👓 Columnist Retracts Harvey Weinstein Interview, Says Conversation Was a "Social Visit" | Hollywood Reporter

Read Columnist Retracts Harvey Weinstein Interview, Says Conversation Was a "Social Visit" (The Hollywood Reporter)
'The Spectator's' Taki Theodoracopulos quoted the disgraced mogul as saying, "Yes, I did offer [women] acting jobs in exchange for sex, but so did, and still does, everyone."

Aren’t “social visits” what got Weinstein in trouble in the first place? When is he going to learn?

👓 Women accuse Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior, harassment | CNN

Read Women accuse Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior, harassment (CNN)
Eight women accuse Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior. They say it happened on movie sets, at his company and in interviews.

I suspect this one is going to quickly have some sketch video to go along with it.

🎧 ‘The Daily’: The Cosby Verdict and #MeToo | New York Times

Listened to ‘The Daily’: The Cosby Verdict and by Michael Barbaro from nytimes.com

Bill Cosby has been convicted of sexual assault following years of accusations from dozens of women. What changed between the first trial, which ended in a hung jury, and this one?

On today’s episode:

• Graham Bowley, an investigative reporter at The Times, joins us from Norristown, Pa., where he has been covering the Cosby proceedings.

• Lili Bernard, a former guest star on “The Cosby Show” and one of more than 50 women who have spoken out against the entertainer, describes her experience attending the trial.

Background reading:

• In one of the first high-profile court cases of the era, a jury convicted Cosby of three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand, a former Temple University staff member who had looked up to him as a mentor.

• We also look at the timeline of events in the Cosby case, and at reactions to the verdict.

A stunning and well-deserved victory. I’m glad to see depraved predators caught and put away.