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The Shitty Media Men list and other ways women can report misconduct

In the absence of effective mechanisms for reporting workplace sexual violence, women have turned to anonymous platforms to warn other women. It works
Since this November, the ‘Men in Academia’ list has grown to include more than 2,000 anonymous accounts of harassment. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

On Wednesday night, Moira Donegan, a former New Republic editor, came forward as the creator of the “Shitty Media Men” list – a Google spreadsheet where women could anonymously name men who had sexually harassed or assaulted them.

Donegan wrote an eloquent essay in New York magazine’s The Cut explaining why she created it. Donegan’s initiative was criticized, with many fixated on ethical questions and her method. Others argued that such a spreadsheet could be easily compromised.

What the criticisms of Donegan’s prevent women from reporting sexual harassment.

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