The #MeToo Moment: No Longer Complicit

The #MeToo Moment: No Longer Complicit

That distinction is critical as many of us reckon with what happens now. The #MeToo Moment has opened the floodgates to allow thousands of women — and some men — to speak up and share their stories.

It has prompted a massive conversation about the silent enablers who allowed such abuse to happen, as documented in a blockbuster piece this week by my colleagues (more on that below). But it has also prompted a kind of internal questioning: Why didn’t we hear them sooner?

I missed a tiny detail of that Time cover on first glance: The image shows the arm of a woman, cropped out at the shoulder. At first I thought it was an editing error, but later (thanks, Twitter) I realized that faceless body was symbolic: a nod to the women, and one specific woman, who still cannot make their faces known.


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And there are plenty of them. Thomas Chatterton Williams wrote this Opinion piece noting that there are many, many women — many of them working class, many of them women of color — whose #metoo stories we haven’t heard.

But it feels like something is shifting — beginning with the fact that the Time cover was conceived, edited, reported and designed by women.

It turns out that a whole lot of women are filling slots vacated by alleged abusers. Robin Wright will now lead “House of Cards,” replacing Kevin Spacey. Christiane Amanpour has been named interim replacement for Charlie Rose on PBS. There are reports that Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith is may be replacing Al Franken, who has said he will resign.

Which raises the question: As more women step up into these high-profile roles, will women’s voices continue to be heard? To what extent will women at the wheel change the way we report, reflect, convey and ultimately ingest culture?

We’re thinking about those questions and more today. As always, we want to hear from you: Write to us at and subscribe to future issues here.

The Complicity Machine Has Cracked


The staff of Creative Artists Agency in 1999. Multiple clients made complaints about Harvey Weinstein over the years. Credit Kim Kulish/Corbis, via Getty Images

As I mentioned earlier, this investigative piece by Megan Twohey, Jodi Kantor, Susan Dominus, Jim Rutenberg and Steve Eder is not to be missed.

It delves into the vast web of Harvey Weinstein enablers: the agents who ignored complaints and continued to set up meetings; the lawyers who wrote nondisclosure agreements and settlement offers; the journalists who fed information; and even the junior staffers, who were forced to compile internal “bibles” about how to best facilitate his encounters and procure his penile injection shots (yup, Mr. Weinstein was impotent).

Just read it. And check out this video of Ms. Twohey, Ms. Kantor and Ms. Dominus discussing the story with Ashley Judd at the recent TimesTalk event in Los Angeles.

In the dominos-continue-to-fall category: The editor of the Paris Review has resigned. Former congressman Harold Ford Jr. was fired by Morgan Stanley. And there are new allegations at WNYC, the public radio station based in New York City, as well.

Oh, and ICYMI: “Complicit” was named the 2017 word of the year by

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