#METOO, a brief archive
On October 5, 2017, the New York Times published a piece on Harvey Weinstein that revealed a string of sexual harassment allegations against the Miramax and Weinstein Company co-founder dating back to 1990. The article in its resonance and influence, dwarfing any notion of blockbuster, catalyzed a resurfacing of the media landscape unlike any the culture/media sector has ever witnessed.
It was thrilling and vindicating but also tragic to watch such trusted pillars as Charlie Rose, Garrison Keillor, Matt Lauer (and, in an art and dance world context, Knight Landesman and Peter Martins) be rapidly ousted from the public stage for sexual misconduct after decades working as trusted figures in the public eye. Yet it wasn’t the sex part of this news that was revelatory (indeed Weinstein’s lecherous ways were always plainly visible), it was the legal part — the fact that claims had been made against all of these men (and countless more) and left “unheard,” until now.
In breaking the Weinstein story, the New York Times legitimated the accounts of the hundreds of women that the studio exec had harassed. It also catalyzed a torrent of articles across many different outlets that empowered all kinds of people to speak up against the fucked up gender/power relations that allow abusive workplace dynamics to remain normalized; indeed, this discussion rendered these dynamics seeable and nameable in a way that had been hardly possible before.
But as the initial Weinstein news starts to be historicized as part of the general political chaos of 2017 (even it, itself, having been a response to it) and the disrupted channels transition into a phase of rebuilding, #metoo can also be understood as a meme — one fueled by attentional properties (the same amygdala-stimulating shock and surreality that underpin trolling) as much as by the urgent justice #metoo aims to effect.
Because the internet has a long memory but is also very bad a remembering what it knows, New Models has gathered a set of articles, with a focus on the culture/media sector — a space where, unlike the political stage, degrees of transgression are acceptable, even encouraged — that we find key to a sustained debate. The following is not meant to be exhaustive. Rather, it is intended as a brief yet fundamental selection of reportage, opinion pieces, manifestos, and legal proceedings that we hope will inspire an engaged and informed gender/power discussion wherein the responsibility of change falls not just to the brave individuals who have come forward as part of #metoo, but collectively to #allofus to now carry out.
#METOO, a brief archive
Notes: This list will be occasionally updated as the discussion evolves. We’ll do our best to keep links current. To report a broken link or to recommend a piece for inclusion in this list, please write to <email@example.com>.
2018 May 08 // NY’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, vocal champion of #MeToo and who used his legal authority to bring sexual harassment charges against Harvey Weinstein, steps down in the face of multiple sexual abuse allegations, The New Yorker
2018 Mar 01 // Lucy McKenzie on sexism and images of transgression in art vis-a-vis her early-00s collaborations with Richard Kern, Texte zur Kunst
2018 Feb 03 // Maureen Dowd, “This Is Why Uma Thurman Is Angry,” New York Times
2018 Feb 01 // Emily Cheng’s “Brotopia: Breaking up the Boys Club of Silicon Valley” (excerpt), Vanity Fair
2018 Jan 25 // Overview of USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nasser’s sexual abuse trail, Guardian
2018 Jan 11 // Overview of the creation, publication, and fraught mediation of the Shitty Media Men list BuzzFeed
2018 Jan 5 // Daphne Merkin, “Publicly, We Say #MeToo. Privately, We Have Misgivings,” “… we seem to be returning to a victimology paradigm for young women, in particular...” New York Times
2018 Jan 1 // Robin Pogrebin, “Peter Martins Retires From New York City Ballet After Misconduct Allegations” New York Times
2017 Dec 19 // Lauren Elkin, “Showing Balthus at the Met Isn’t About Voyeurism, It’s About the Right to Unsettle,” Frieze
2017 Nov 14 // Coco Fusco on the structural sexism of art schools, Hyperallergic
2017 Nov 06 // Ronan Farrow, “Harvey Weinstein’s Army of Spies,” New Yorker
2017 Nov 03 // Elvia Wilk, “No More Excuses,” uncoupling power from abuse in the art world in the wake of #notsurprised, Frieze
ONGOING // coverage (starting 2017 Oct 24) of the Artforum / Knight Landesman sexual harassment suit via ARTnews and Artnet; statements from Artforum in the immediate aftermath of Landesman’s departure; the outgoing/incoming editor’s letters by Michelle Kuo and David Velasco, respectively; as well as former AF employee Amanda Schmitt’s public complaint and Artforum’s motions to dismiss (2017 Dec 18 and 2018 Feb 9).
2017 Oct 05 //Jodi Kanto & Megan Twohey “Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades,” New York Times
2015 Aug 21 // Jim Edwards, “Inside the ‘Conspiracy’ That Forced Dov Charney out of American Apparel,” Business Insider
2015 May 25 // Emily Bazelon reflects on Emma Sulkowitz’s Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight), the controversial activist/performance piece that Sulkowitz staged throughout her senior year at Columbia University to bring visibility to on-campus sexual-assault cases, including her own. New York Times
2010 Aug 20 // Amelia Hill, “The Rise and Fall of American Apparel,” Guardian
2007 Oct 02 // Anita Hill, “The Smear This Time,” Hill’s response regarding Clarence Thomas’s autobiography, “My Grandfather’s Son” and public discussion thereof, New York Times
- Alain Badiou, “About the Contemporary Fate of Boys” and “About the Contemporary Fate of Girls,” The True Life (2017)
- Silvia Federici, Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation (1998)
- Laura Kipnis, Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus (2017)
- Camille Paglia, Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson (1991)
- Sarah Schulman, Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair (2016)