It’s been a big week for high-profile men getting called out for disgusting behavior. Harvey Weinstein’s decades of sexual harassment and assault have finally crossed the threshold from open secret to just plain open. Buzzfeed’s article on Milo Yiannapolis and Brietbart revealed horribly sexist emails from, among others, a now-fired Broadly editor and a Silicon Valley writer. And multiple women have come forward with stories of being harassed by Screen Junkies creator Andy Signore while working for him.
Yet every time a woman speaks out about being harassed/assaulted/discriminated against, there’s an army of voices waiting to scream her down, to tell her what happened was her fault, or that she’s lying about it entirely.
In addition to being an Oscar-winning actress and our Captain Marvel, Brie Larson has a fantastic Twitter presence. She uses her platform to both speak out about important issues, and to listen and learn from fans. She’s also one hell of a troll when she wants to be. This week, she tweeted out a statement about the importance of believing women.
Just a few minutes before that, though, she tweeted had out a few words about what women encounter on a daily basis.
A lot of people related to her story of being approached in an inappropriate setting. Plenty of others, though, didn’t get why she was upset and pulled out the old “well when can men talk to you?” card. (Tip: A lot of times and places, but definitely not while working security in a context where you might have any authority over the woman’s body.)
After handling those dismissive comments with an impressive amount of patience and grace, she addressed how they serve to highlight her entire initial point.
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