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Life and industry would be outed for mistreating their colleagues But did too much change or not enough Those uestions plunged the two journalists into a new phase of reporting and some of their most startling findings yet With superlative detail insight and journalistic expertise Kantor and Twohey take us for the first time into the very heart of this social shift reliving in real time what it took to get the story and giving an up close portrait of the forces that hindered and spurred change They describe the surprising journeys of those who spoke up for the sake of other women for future generations and for themselves and so changed us all. I thought I understood how high the risks were for women to stand up publicly against their powerful abusers But I didn t really A must read for every person who responded to an accusation by a woman with a uestion But why didn t she go to the police right away

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

From the Pulitzer prize winning reporters who broke the news of Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment and abuse for the New York Times Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey the thrilling untold story of their investigation and its conseuences for the #MeToo movementOn October 5 2017 the New York Times published an article by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey and then the world changed For months Kantor and Twohey had been having confidential discussions with top actresses former Weinstein employees and other sources learning of disturbing long buried allegations some of which had been covered up by onerous legal settlements The journalists meticulously pick. I will not presume to be in any way capable of reviewing this brilliant book because it s an extremely well written true account of the investigation and brings to light some systemic truths that we probably are well aware of but haven t seen discussed openly a lot Instead I think I ll just share how I felt while reading itI ve only lived in the US for less than a decade now and while I have a seen a Hollywood movie or two since childhood I ve never been much knowledgeable about the industry or its major players So when the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke out all the names associated with it didn t mean anything to me The significance for me was mostly about the movement it created and the outpouring of stories we got to hear after that It reinforced the fact that sexual harassment is rampant in the world regardless of the industry or field you are in and what age you are It s all about power and those who have it will exercise it in whatever way they can without fear of conseuences because they know that the whole system is behind them And while this book goes into a lot of detail about the investigation and the many women Kantor and Twohey spoke to it also shows us the blatant disregard shown by so many other people towards these women and how all the sexual predation was just treated as matter of factMy singular emotion while reading this book was anger And helplessness Maybe some hope too but I won t say it was a lot The way that Weinstein used his power bullying tactics and promises of helping their career to harass and assault and overpower so many young women is appalling to read about I would never judge the women for not coming out and sharing their stories because it s always them who had a lot to lose and they have their right to self preservation It s the other people I find fault with those around Weinstein who helped him cover up all the incidents by forcing the women with watertight settlements and NDAs who thought his behavior was okay as long as it wasn t a liability to the company who decided that it must be the women coming onto him for a chance to go ahead in their careers the high profile lawyers like David Boies Gloria Allred and Lisa Bloom who feel completely justified in the way they defended Weinstein and shamed and blamed the women and the journalists covering the story These are people even I have admired watched documentaries about their work on marriage euality and women s rights and now to realize that powerful people always seem to support those in power I just can t describe the horror I m feeling If you ve followed any of the twitter trends on the day of this book s release you must have seen the very enlightening and loathsome memo that Lisa Bloom wrote to Weinstein about how they can frame a narrative to victim blame and showcase him as an old man trying to understand the ever changing social s It really was an eye opener and I don t think I will ever implicitly trust any popular activist again especially lawyers The last section of the book also goes into some detail about the Kavanaugh hearings and Dr Ford s testimony particularly how she felt in the weeks leading up to the day and how her life has irrevocably changed since then It just makes me furious that nothing fundamental has really has changed since the years after Anita Hill and women have to still weigh their safety and career prospects vs the possibility of telling their story and maybe getting some vindication and justice And I m currently feeling even hopeless because between the few hours when I finished this book and I m writing this review the New York Times published excerpts from another book with corroborating evidence for other allegations against Kavanaugh And it s really exhausting to see that while Dr Ford has to deal with death threats this man will be on the Supreme Court for most of our lifetime To conclude I just wanna say thank you to all the women who came forward to tell their story putting their livelihoods and privacy on the line Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey for their incessant desire to bring this story to light in its entirety while facing off the whole bully machine of Weinstein and everyone else at NYT who made this possible I highly recommend this book to everyone who wants to know about this brilliant piece of investigative journalism and support women in their fight for euality and right to work without being harassed

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Ed their way through a web of decades old secret payouts and nondisclosure agreements pressed some of the most famous women in the world and some unknown ones to risk going on the record and faced down Weinstein his team of high priced defenders and even his private investigators But nothing could have prepared them for what followed the publication of their Weinstein story Within days a veritable Pandora's Box of sexual harassment and abuse was opened and women who had suffered in silence for generations began coming forward trusting that the world would understand their stories Over the next twelve months hundreds of men from every walk of. I have slightly mixed feelings about She Said not due to the subject matter or message but just with the way the book is formatted The Weinstein investigation section which takes up the bulk of the book is thrilling an account of investigative journalism at its finest Secret meetings with sources computer systems meant to keep developing stories accessible to only a handful of writers and editors the delicate phrasing needed to get a source to talk or to go on record the difficult choice of when to publish the story I love that stuff and this book is full of it I love reading about the disturbing and bizarre details that come out about Weinstein and the level of his corruption And the tense moments of verbal sparring and legal threats as the Times prepares to publish so gripping My issue is with the latter part of the book which centers on Christine Blasey Ford and the Kavanaugh accusation and hearing A fascinating story in its own right and I did sort of enjoy reading behind the scenes as Ford decided what to do and prepared to testify But I didn t understand it s place in the book Yes it was a dramatic culmination of the MeToo movement that would not have taken place without the women coming forward in the wake of the Weinstein news and the research and reporting on Weinstein and other offenders But where the first part of the book is a meticulously detailed account of how the Weinstein story came to be the Ford section is much about her personal deliberations on whether to come forward and what happened surrounding that I didn t see how the authors of She Said were involved in that story aside from being allowed to sit in on the preparations for Ford s testimony They were even given a tip about Ford from her own lawyer but Ford declined to contact them to discuss the story In fact she mostly spoke to another reporter at a different publication I wanted to continue reading about journalism and the uncovering of these accounts of abuse by powerful men Rather than exclusively focusing on the Ford story I believe that the book would have been stronger if it followed a variety of the post Weinstein revelations closely instead of just briefly touching on them Also what happened to Weinstein himself and the company The book does not really speak to that At the end the journalists describe a sort of retreatmass interview of several of the women who were instrumental in the MeToo movement At this meeting the women including Ford shared how coming forward publicly changed their lives I think I would have enjoyed the book if it cut to this meeting sooner after the Weinstein story broke which is the dramatic climax of the book even though it happens relatively early in the book The FordKavanaugh stuff is interesting and I am glad I read about it It just felt like the authors were trying to jam two different stories together into one book and I didn t uite get the reasoning behind that To me it felt like a distraction from the Weinstein reporting which I found much interesting It also downplayed the importance of the MeToo movement feeling like a huge anticlimax and letdown after the thrill of the Weinstein story breaking and the beginning of the movement Despite my complaint this really was an excellent book and well worth reading The best part was reading about all of the female reporters editors lawyers sources and survivors and secondarily male allies They were all so intelligent and clever all operating in fields historically dominated by men excelling and bringing light to something that our society has tried to stuff down for so long In a time when I ve never felt less proud to be an American where I m daily so discouraged by politics and current events this book was actually a glimmer of hope and a reminder that while some things have gone downhill other causes have found greater success than ever and give some hope to the future


10 thoughts on “She Said Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement

  1. says:

    I really am a fiction girl but every once in a while a true story or biography will catch my attention She Said is written by the two women NYT reporters that helped to take Harvey Weinstein down and poured gasoline on the #

  2. says:

    This is a brave book no doubt This is a timely book aptly extended to the public It certainly inspires the readers by letting them learn that how breaking the silence and pointing the finger at a pervert can be th

  3. says:

    I will not presume to be in any way capable of reviewing this brilliant book because it’s an extremely well written true account of the investigation and brings to light some systemic truths that we probably are well aware of but haven’t seen discussed openly a lot Instead I think I’ll just share how I felt while reading itI’ve only l

  4. says:

    just doing some light beach reading

  5. says:

    I have slightly mixed feelings about “She Said” not due to the subject matter or message but just with the way the book

  6. says:

    Audiobookread by the two co authors Jodi Kantor Megan Twohey and Rebecca Lowman known herself in the Audiobook world This professional memoir reads like a true crime thriller with outstanding top notch in depth investigating and reporting How does an Hollywood ‘outsider’ get Angelina Jolie‘s phone number? Fascinating explosive details

  7. says:

    I thought I understood how high the risks were for women to stand up publicly against their powerful abusers But I didn't really A must read for every person who responded to an accusation by a woman with a uestion But why didn't she go to the police right away?

  8. says:

    This was incredible I listened to the audiobook and it was really hard to listen to at times but it was also so informative about the start of the #MeToo movement and I want to punch Harvey Weinstein and Brett Kavanaugh in the face

  9. says:

    For those wondering if you should read both this book and CATCH AND KILL I would say the answer is yes While CAK is focused

  10. says:

    Kantor and Twohey are the two New York Times investigative reporters that broke the story about Harvey Weinstein’s habitual sexual harassme

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