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Ein großes filmisches Werk, Festivalpreise, Oscars in Hollywood - Roman Polanski ist einer der wichtigsten Kinoregisseure der Geschichte. Doch sein Leben steht auch im Schatten historischer und persönlicher Tragödien. #RomanPolanski #MeToo #Film #Kino #Regisseur

TV-Film „The Tale“: Sie ist kein Opfer #sexuellerMissbrauch #Drama #Film #SundanceFestival #metoo #Medien #Gesellschaft

TV-Film „The Tale“: Sie ist kein Opfer #sexuellerMissbrauch #Drama #Film #SundanceFestival #metoo #Medien #Gesellschaft


Jeff Sessions Slams the Door on Immigrants Desperate to Escape Domestic Violence

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Our Vision for Achieving Gender Justice In the Trump Era and Beyond

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Erzählband zu Sex, Macht und #metoo: Dem Tier in sich zu fressen geben #Feminismus #metoo #deutscheLiteratur #Literatur #SexualitätenundGender #Alltag #Gesellschaft #Schwerpunkt


A Big Night For Democratic Diversity, And 3 Other Primary Takeaways


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For the first time, a transgender candidate won a major party nomination for governor. Plus, a possible new chapter in the #MeToo era; education as a major theme; and high Democratic turnout.

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Ex-Hollywoodmogul: Harvey Weinstein wegen Menschenhandels angeklagt
Weitere Klage gegen Harvey Weinstein zugelassen
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Die #MeToo-Debatte erreicht ein buddhistisches Kloster in China. Weil er Nonnen sexuell belästigt und zum Sex gezwungen haben soll, tritt der einflussreichste buddhistische Mönch Chinas zurück. #Asien #China #Buddhismus #Sexismus #Gleichberechtigung #sexuellerMissbrauch #Nötigung #Justiz #Religion #Machtmissbrauch #Kriminalität #Gesellschaft #MeToo

Die #MeToo-Debatte erreicht ein buddhistisches Kloster in China. Weil er Nonnen sexuell belästigt und zum Sex gezwungen haben soll, tritt der einflussreichste buddhistische Mönch Chinas zurück.
Hochrangiger Buddhist in China tritt nach Missbrauchs-Vorwürfen zurück | DW | 15.08.2018
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What Happens to #MeToo When a Feminist Is the Accused?

Avital Ronell, a superstar professor, was found by N.Y.U. to have sexually harassed a male grad student. But his charges have met disbelief from some feminist scholars.
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Nimrod Reitman accused his former N.Y.U. graduate school adviser, Avital Ronell, of sexually harassing him, and the university found her responsible. But some leading feminist scholars have supported her in ways that echo the defenses of male harassers.CreditCaitlin Ochs for The New York Times

The case seems like a familiar story turned on its head: [1]Avital Ronell, a world-renowned female professor of German and Comparative Literature at New York University, was found responsible for sexually harassing a male former graduate student, Nimrod Reitman.

An 11-month Title IX investigation found Professor Ronell, described by a colleague as “one of the very few philosopher-stars of this world,” responsible for sexual harassment, both physical and verbal, to the extent that her behavior was “sufficiently pervasive to alter the terms and conditions of Mr. Reitman’s learning environment.” The university has suspended Professor Ronell for the coming academic year.

In the Title IX final report, excerpts of which were obtained by The New York Times, Mr. Reitman said that she had sexually harassed him for three years, and shared dozens of emails in which she referred to him as “my most adored one,” “Sweet cuddly Baby,” “cock-er spaniel,” and “my astounding and beautiful Nimrod.”

Coming in the middle of the #MeToo movement’s reckoning over sexual misconduct, it raised a challenge for feminists — how to respond when one of their own behaved badly. And the response has roiled a corner of academia.

Soon after the university made its final, confidential determination this spring, a group of scholars from around the world, including prominent feminists, sent a letter to N.Y.U. in defense of Professor Ronell. Judith Butler, the author of the book “Gender Trouble” and one of the most influential feminist scholars today, was first on the list.

“Although we have no access to the confidential dossier, we have all worked for many years in close proximity to Professor Ronell,” the professors wrote in [2]a draft letter posted on a philosophy blog in June. “We have all seen her relationship with students, and some of us know the individual who has waged this malicious campaign against her.”

[3]Critics saw the letter, with its focus on the potential damage to Professor Ronell’s reputation and the force of her personality, as echoing past defenses of powerful men.

“We testify to the grace, the keen wit, and the intellectual commitment of Professor Ronell and ask that she be accorded the dignity rightly deserved by someone of her international standing and reputation,” the professors wrote.

Mr. Reitman, who is now 34 and is a visiting fellow at Harvard, says that Professor Ronell kissed and touched him repeatedly, slept in his bed with him, required him to lie in her bed, held his hand, texted, emailed and called him constantly, and refused to work with him if he did not reciprocate. Mr. Reitman is gay and is now married to a man; Professor Ronell is a lesbian.

Professor Ronell, 66, denied any harassment. “Our communications — which Reitman now claims constituted sexual harassment — were between two adults, a gay man and a queer woman, who share an Israeli heritage, as well as a penchant for florid and campy communications arising from our common academic backgrounds and sensibilities,” she wrote in a statement to The New York Times. “These communications were repeatedly invited, responded to and encouraged by him over a period of three years.”

Two years after graduating from N.Y.U. with a Ph.D., Mr. Reitman filed a Title IX complaint against his former adviser, alleging sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking and retaliation. In May, the university found Professor Ronell responsible for sexual harassment and cleared her of the other allegations.

Mr. Reitman’s lawyer, Donald Kravet, said he and his client have drafted a lawsuit against N.Y.U. and Professor Ronell and are now considering their options.

Both Mr. Reitman and Professor Ronell’s descriptions of their experiences echo other [4]#MeToo stories: In Mr. Reitman’s recollection, he was afraid of his professor and the power she wielded over him, and often went along with behavior that left him feeling violated. Professor Ronell said that Mr. Reitman desperately sought her attention and guidance in interviews she submitted to the Title IX office at N.Y.U., which The New York Times obtained.

The problems began, according to Mr. Reitman, in the spring of 2012, before he officially started school. Professor Ronell invited him to stay with her in Paris for a few days. The day he arrived, she asked him to read poetry to her in her bedroom while she took an afternoon nap, he said.

“That was already a red flag to me,” said Mr. Reitman. “But I also thought, O.K., you’re here. Better not make a scene.”

Then, he said, she pulled him into her bed.

“She put my hands onto her breasts, and was pressing herself — her buttocks — onto my crotch,” he said. “She was kissing me, kissing my hands, kissing my torso.” That evening, a similar scene played out again, he said.

He confronted her the next morning, he said.

“I said, look, what happened yesterday was not O.K. You’re my adviser,” he recalled in an interview.

Professor Ronell’s defenders pointed to her “keen wit” and her “international standing and reputation,” after she was accused of sexual harassment.

When he got to New York, the behavior continued, he said, when after [5]Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, Professor Ronell showed up at his apartment because her power had gone out. He said that, despite his objections, she convinced him that they could both sleep in his bed together. Once there, she groped and kissed him each night for nearly a week, he said.

“Professor Ronell denies all allegations of sexual contact in their entirety,” Mary Dorman, Professor Ronell’s lawyer, wrote in a submission to the Title IX office. Professor Ronell said she only stayed for two nights after the hurricane, at Mr. Reitman’s invitation.

The Title IX report concluded that there was not enough evidence to find Professor Ronell responsible for sexual assault, partly because no one else observed the interactions in his apartment or her room in Paris.

In the semesters that followed, Mr. Reitman said he was expected to work with Professor Ronell, often at her apartment, during lengthy work sessions nearly every weekend. Professor Ronell frequently detailed her affection and longing for him, according to emails from her that Mr. Reitman provided to The New York Times.

“I woke up with a slight fever and sore throat,” she wrote in an email on June 16, 2012, after the Paris trip. “I will try very hard not to kiss you — until the throat situation receives security clearance. This is not an easy deferral!” In July, she wrote a short email to him: “time for your midday kiss. my image during meditation: we’re on the sofa, your head on my lap, stroking you [sic]forehead, playing softly with yr hair, soothing you, headache gone. Yes?”

In a submission to the Title IX office, Professor Ronell said she had no idea Mr. Reitman was so uncomfortable until she read the investigators’ report.

Mr. Reitman also said that Professor Ronell retaliated against him for complaining to her about her behavior, in part by sending pro forma recommendations on his behalf, thwarting his job prospects. But the Title IX report found that her recommendation letters “were comparable to those for other former students” and he did secure two postgraduate fellowships.

Professor Ronell and some who are backing her have tried to discredit her accuser in familiar ways, asking why he took so long to report, and why he seemed so intimate with Professor Ronell if he was, in fact, miserable. Maybe, Professor Ronell suggested, he was frustrated because he just wasn’t smart enough.

“His main dilemma was the incoherency in his writing, and lack of a recognizable argument,” Professor Ronell said in a January 2018 interview submitted to the Title IX office.

Diane Davis, chair of the department of rhetoric at the University of Texas-Austin, who also signed the letter to the university supporting Professor Ronell, said she and her colleagues were particularly disturbed that, as they saw it, Mr. Reitman was using Title IX, a feminist tool, to take down a feminist.

“I am of course very supportive of what Title IX and the #MeToo movement are trying to do, of their efforts to confront and to prevent abuses, for which they also seek some sort of justice,” Professor Davis wrote in an email. “But it’s for that very reason that it’s so disappointing when this incredible energy for justice is twisted and turned against itself, which is what many of us believe is happening in this case.”

Title IX was intended to address a long history of sexual harassment and assault of women at school, according to Dana Bolger, a co-founder of [6]Know Your IX, a national advocacy group that teaches students about their Title IX rights.

“I would say that the vast majority of Title IX cases are protecting male victims from male perpetrators, or female victims from male perpetrators,” Ms. Bolger said.

In addition to the suspension, which the university never publicly announced, N.Y.U. is investigating further claims of retaliation related to the professors’ letter.

John Beckman, a spokesman for the university, wrote in a statement to The Times that N.Y.U. was “sympathetic” to what Mr. Reitman has been through.

But, Mr. Beckman added, “given the promptness, seriousness and thoroughness with which we responded to his charges, we do not believe that his filing a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the university would be warranted or just.”

Both Professor Ronell and Mr. Reitman feel they have been miscast in this #MeToo story.

Mr. Reitman said he never intended to become any kind of public figure in a national conversation about gender, and that he started the process before the movement took off. “It didn’t come from #MeToo,” he said.

In March 2018, Professor Ronell pointedly complained that Mr. Reitman had a penchant for “comparing me to the most egregious examples of predatory behaviors ascribable to Hollywood moguls who habitually go after starlets.”

A version of this article appears in print on , on Page A1 of the New York edition with the headline: A Female Professor, Her Male Student and the Limits of #MeToo. [7]Order Reprints | [8]Today’s Paper | [9]Subscribe


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The New York Times: What Happens to #MeToo When a Feminist Is the Accused? (By ZOE GREENBERG)

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Neue Mobbingvorwürfe an Max-Planck-Institut: "Es herrschte eine Atmosphäre der Angst" - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Leben und Lernen
#LebenundLernen #Uni #Mobbing #MaxPlanck #Hochschulen #MeToo

THE greatest catastrophe in human history, the narrator says on a projected video, is “the lie that women have been oppressed”. Another warns of the “feminist lynch mobs” of the #MeToo movement.
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Feminist icon Germaine Greer on why she criticises the #MeToo movement. #WomensRights #HumanRights


Casey Affleck addresses sexual misconduct claims: I was 'really unprofessional' and 'I'm sorry'


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Casey Affleck addresses sexual misconduct claims: I was 'really unprofessional' and 'I'm sorry'


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Lina Muzur (Hrsg.): "Sagte sie" - "Nicht einfach nur sagen, Männer sind Täter, Frauen sind Opfer"

Feminismus und Film: Warum auf #MeToo eine Stiftung folgen muss
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I thought the idea that Anthony Bourdain was murdered by the Cabal was far-fetched Kookspiracy.

On this week's episode of The HigherSide Chats, this guest makes a compelling case for it.

Worth a listen. Lots of details I did not know.

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Die Filmförderung fördert konsequent am Publikum und an den Kinos vorbei, findet Kinobetreiber und AG-Kino-Vorsitzender Christian Bräuer. Mit einigen Maßnahmen könnte sich die Krise abwenden lassen.
Filmförderung umstrukturieren: Wie wir Flops mit Ansage vermeiden können - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Kultur
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Gefeierte Sitcom: "Murphy Brown" kommt zurück - mit #MeToo-Episode
Gefeierte Sitcom: "Murphy Brown" kommt zurück - mit #MeToo-Episode - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Kultur
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Ein buddhistischer Abt in China gerät in die Kritik, weil er weibliche Gläubige belästigt haben soll. Die "#MeToo"-Bewegung ist damit auch unter Chinas Buddhisten angekommen. Doch Opfer haben in China kaum Chancen. #MeToo #China #Abt #LongquanTempel #Buddhismus #Mönch

#metoo in China - Schwere Vorwürfe, unterbundene Debatte

Dem Künstlerischen Leiter der Festspiele Erl werden sexuelle Übergriffe und Mobbing vorgeworfen. Nachdem die Opfer dies in einem Offenen Brief anklagen, lässt Gustav Kuhn sein Amt ruhen. Die Staatsanwaltschaft ermittelt. #MeToo #TirolerFestspieleErl #GustavKuhn


NYPD Police Officers Union Wants to Keep Sexual Misconduct Under Wraps

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Kommentar #MeTwo: Mehr als nur ein weiterer Hashtag #MeTwo #Alltagsrassismus #Twitter #Alltag #Gesellschaft


In the #MeToo era, it high time for Japan to change its archaic and sexist approach to sexual assault. #Japan #Sexualassault #WomensRights #Asia


\#metoo wirkt – für Frauen und Kunst

\#metoo wirkt – für Frauen und Kunst

Vor zwei Monaten hatte ich hier auf die Würdigung von Jean Luc Godards Film Le Mepris (dt. “Die Verachtung”) durch Hans Schmid/telepolis hingewiesen. Schmids Würdigung fasziniert mich kaum weniger als der Film, der mich seit dem ersten Ansehen gefangen genommen hatte. telepolis hat nun Schmids 2. Teil online gestellt, der viele Hilfen zum Ansehen von Le Mepris bereithält, und zahlreiche Informationen zu den politischen Rahmenbedingungen liefert. Und nicht zuletzt eine politische Würdigung des gesamten Entstehungsprozesses aus der Perspektive des heutigen #metoo-Diskurses. Alles war damals schon zu sehen und zu erkennen, der Machtkampf ähnelte dem von heute, es geht voran, aber […]


A MeToo Reckoning in China’s Workplace Amid Wave of Accusations

A series of gripping letters describing abuse and harassment by journalists, intellectuals and charity leaders has lit up the Chinese internet and enlivened the country’s fledgling #MeToo movement.
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The campus of Peking University. Activists see a burst of accusations of sexual harassment as a sign that China’s #MeToo movement, which had been mostly limited to universities, is spreading to the workplace.CreditRoman Pilipey/EPA, via Shutterstock

By [1]Javier C. Hernández and Iris Zhao

BEIJING — The women recount being forced into sex by bosses and trusted co-workers. They speak of being shunned by friends and discouraged by the authorities from pressing charges. They recall being told their lives would be ruined if they spoke up.

In gripping open letters posted on social media sites, more than a dozen Chinese women have come forward in recent days with accusations of sexual assault and harassment against prominent Chinese journalists, intellectuals and charity leaders.

The outpouring of allegations has been a focus of discussions on the internet in China and given momentum to the country’s [2]fledgling #MeToo movement, which has struggled amid government censorship and a male-dominated society that often shames victims of sexual assault.

Most of the accusations were published on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like service, and have since circulated widely on a variety of social platforms.

While the letters, many of them anonymous, do not appear to have been part of a coordinated campaign, they offer a collective indictment of the patriarchal culture that pervades Chinese society.

In a letter published on Wednesday, a woman accuses a well-known Chinese intellectual, Zhang Wen, of raping her after a dinner party and telling her, “You can never shake off the fate of becoming my woman.” Mr. Zhang said the sex was consensual.

In another letter published on Thursday, a former intern at CCTV, the state-owned broadcaster, says an anchor at the network, Zhu Jun, molested her in 2014 in his dressing room. When she went to the police, she says, the authorities suggested she should drop the case to avoid harming the “positive” image of Mr. Zhu and CCTV.

“This is the world we live in,” she wrote, lamenting the prevalence of harassment.

Mr. Zhu, the CCTV anchor, could not be reached for comment. The former intern who accused him of molesting her in a dressing room, who published her letter anonymously, recounted the incident in a telephone interview on Thursday. She declined to be named, citing fears for her family’s safety.

Activists for gender equality say they see the burst of accusations as a sign that China’s #MeToo movement, which has so far been mostly limited to [3]university campuses, is spreading to the workplace.

“It’s only the beginning of ‘Me Too’ in China,” said Li Tingting, an activist for gender equality. “The men-dominant structure is everywhere. The rape culture is still powerful.”

Once a champion of gender equality, the Chinese government has greeted the #MeToo movement cautiously. Some officials are nervous about its foreign roots and see it as a force for disruption in a society that prizes stability.

The government has deployed censors to limit the movement’s spread. As the letters by the women appeared this week on social media, censors went into action, banning the English #MeToo hashtag on social media sites and deleting some letters.

Still, the accusations have prompted vigorous online debate within China, with some posted comments applauding the women for coming forward and others accusing them of seeking fame.

Several of the men denied the accusations.

In a statement on Wednesday, Mr. Zhang, the intellectual, acknowledged having sex with the woman who wrote the letter, but he described it as consensual. Several other women, including the writer Jiang Fangzhou, have since accused him of harassment.

Mr. Zhang, who has worked at China Newsweek and written for international publications, said in the statement it was common for colleagues in the media industry to hug and kiss after drinking together.

The wave of allegations this week extended beyond the media industry to the nonprofit sphere.

An advocate for hepatitis B patients, Lei Chuang, resigned on Monday from the charity he founded after a co-worker accused him of assaulting her after a hiking trip. Then, the environmentalist Feng Yongfeng resigned from his charity on Tuesday after being accused of harassing several women.

That the resignations came so swiftly was surprising in a country where accusations of abuse and harassment against women are often ignored and laws on rape and harassment are vague.

The #MeToo movement in China was initiated earlier this year on university campuses, as students circulated open letters decrying sexual misbehavior by professors and demanding better protections. There were some signs of success, with universities agreeing to do more to investigate cases of abuse and increase awareness about sexual harassment.

But the activism ran up against the country’s strict limits on free speech. In April, students and professors denounced the leadership of Peking University for trying to [4]stifle activism about sexual harassment.

Experts say it will be difficult for the #MeToo movement to take on government officials or prominent business executives, given the ruling Communist Party’s tight control of civil society.

King-wa Fu, a media scholar at the University of Hong Kong, said officials most likely feared the power of the #MeToo movement to bring many people together to target “higher authorities” like corporations, universities and the government. Still, he said he was hopeful the movement could continue to have an impact in China.

“Censorship can only stop public discussion for awhile,” Professor Fu said. “When something big happens again, it will come back.”

Follow Javier C. Hernández on Twitter: [5]@HernandezJavier.

Charlotte Pu contributed research.

A version of this article appears in print on , on Page A12 of the New York edition with the headline: Online Momentum Fortifies #MeToo Movement in China. [6]Order Reprints | [7]Today’s Paper | [8]Subscribe


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The New York Times: A #MeToo Reckoning in China’s Workplace Amid Wave of Accusations (By JAVIER C. HERNÁNDEZ and IRIS ZHAO)