Oct 19, 2017

Razer: #metoo stories will not always heal, but they do feed the media beast

It seems we do not believe so much in political action as we do in the political power of painful stories. This is misguided.

Helen Razer — Writer and broadcaster

Helen Razer

Writer and broadcaster

Now. Before you get angry with me for reminding you of recent Australian headlines you’d possibly rather forget, do me this one solid: know that I, like you, do not write the news. We are both cruelly forced to endure it. The power of social media and search engine algorithms ensures we cannot avoid what corporations determine to be the big stories of the day. There is no app or extension to block out the noisy problem, so all we have is solemn cures. Consider this your controlled group therapy.

And now consider a week, and an era, that allows a form of uncontrolled, possibly detrimental, group therapy to dominate news, and many other media.

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5 thoughts on “Razer: #metoo stories will not always heal, but they do feed the media beast

  1. Djbekka

    Surely we have to get beyond the binary of ‘tell your story’ or ‘silence’ and beyond the notion that any particular media act can ‘change everything’? I suspect that the use of the me too hash tag was an attempt to illustrate numbers and perhaps, in that way, many silent women were comforted that they weren’t alone. I suspect that some of the shared stories were salivated over by somewhat sleazy men, writers can’t control what readers think (to add a simple note of high theory).

    I also noticed that my generation, older but used to the issues, just used the hashtag and left off the story. Some added to the comments an expression of relief that they/we had reached an age that was no longer so continuously ogled, touched, talked over at work, etc.
    But really it isn’t about women telling their stories, but about those who discount such stories, whether man or female, learning to listen and begin to understand the flood of stories as evidence of power relations, not individual relations. Yes, I know that you know this – just thought it was better said in this flood of personal pain.

  2. AR

    In these disgendered modern times, would it not be more to the point to acknowledge that abuse in all forms, personal, sexual, commercial, political, environmental etc arises from the nature of power.
    What do strong leaders need above all else? FOLLOWERS, people too inadequate to make their own way in the world and thus, remora-like, attached to the big beasts.
    We are not, most of us, Homo Sapiens so much as Homo Obedius, willing & eager to do what we are told, when we are told and to whomever the Boss fingers.
    To stand against that paradigm would mean thinking for oneself, hard enough, but then being responsible for the results of such independent actions.
    Evidence suggests that for about the last 5-10,000 that gene has been fading.

  3. Michael Sharman

    I’m still puzzled as how writing the two words “me too” is in anyway publically disclosing memories of trauma? Just two words – no details necessary.

  4. [email protected]

    Wasn’t the point to show the magnitude of the problem with a hashtag? Rather than a focus on sharing personal traumatic stories. The problem around Harvey Weinstein is that people were too afraid or disepowered to talk openly. There was a destructive mysogynistic culture in place supporting it.

    1. Helen Razer

      I address this directly in the article, Lee.

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