How the argument over an anonymous spreadsheet encapsulates the debates of the post-Weinstein era.
On Wednesday night, the creator of an anonymous document widely known as the “Shitty Media Men” list stepped forward.
Writing at the Cut, a young New York-based journalist named Moira Donegan revealed that last October, she created a Google spreadsheet that allowed users to anonymously collect rumors and warnings about sexual misconduct committed by the men with whom they worked. In the final product, more than 70 men were named. Some of them were associated with beloved and prestigious outlets: the Paris Review, the New Republic, the New Yorker, the New York Times. Some of them were famous. And they were accused of everything from creepy direct messages to rape. (Disclosure: A former Vox employee was named on the list.)
The spreadsheet was intended for private consumption, but it rapidly became public. Hours after the list was created, BuzzFeed posted an article about it; after Donegan deleted the whole thing, screencaps floated across the internet.
Think pieces on the list abounded. To a media world still trying to wrap its mind around the post-Weinstein reckoning about sexual harassment and assault, the Shitty Media Men list became a potent symbol of all that could go wrong: Wasn’t it irresponsible to collect such serious unsourced rumors into a single document that could be sent anywhere and shared with anyone? Didn’t the list conflate violent rape, which everyone can agree is monstrous, with comparatively harmless acts like creepy texts? Couldn’t this document ruin lives?
In the months that followed, some of the men named on the spreadsheet were investigated. A few were suspended or fired. The women who created and contributed to the spreadsheet remained anonymous.
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