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USA Today: Weinstein case fallout: Why now? Why never before?

November 21, 2017 | by

USA Today discussed the role that the election, Millennial women, and social media had to play in bringing to light the allegations against Harvey Weinstein and others. 

… the election “had something to do with many women coming to the end of our tether about how much sexual abuse of women is trivialized.’’ Noreen Farrell, director of Equal Rights Advocates, a women’s rights group founded in 1974, calls it “the straw that broke the camel’s back.’’

Millennial women (roughly those born since 1980) grew up after the women’s liberation movement, and many see sexual harassment very differently than their mothers.

For one thing, they don’t regard a lecherous boss or colleague as someone to be tolerated.

For another, they talk about it.  “This is a generation whose members reveal themselves and talk about themselves,’’ says Farrell. “What was taboo is now embraced.’’

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