Woman Who Created "Shitty Media Men" List Comes Forward


The spreadsheet ended up containing allegations against dozens of men. Take everything with a grain of salt. "If you see a man you're friends with, don't freak out". The list allowed contributors to anonymously name the misconduct of men in media.

The spreadsheet Donegan created went viral. It was attacked in commentaries as irresponsible.

The story, is expected to out the woman behind the list.

For months, the creator of the controversial list remained a mystery to the general public. Now that her name's out there, we can only hope that protection continues.

Writing for NY magazine's The Cut, Donegan described how dramatically her life changed when the crowdsourced list was made public hours after its creation.

"In some of these conversations, we spent hours teasing out how these men, many of whom we knew to be intelligent and capable of real kindness, could behave so crudely and cruelly toward us". She is Moira Donegan. At the time, Roiphe did not know Donegan created the spreadsheet.

Donegan is a former editor at the New Republic who also worked at the magazine n+1.

In another piece for The New Yorker titled "Rebecca Solnit's Faith in Feminist Storytelling", Donegan studies the nature of feminist storytelling in the book, "The Mother of All Questions". Regardless, Donegan gives her thanks to those who made the document what it was and found solace in the text, and the text between the lines.

In "I Started the Media Men List: My Name Is Moira Donegan", Donegan writes that she was propelled to identify herself before another outlet did that for her.

By the time she took it down, Donegan said, the list contained names of more than 70 men ranging in age from their twenties to their sixties. Anyway, all of this makes Roiphe a very interesting candidate to write an article about our current sexual climate, which Harper's magazine commissioned her to do for its March issue. Donegan only became aware she was about to be identified as the spreadsheet's creator when Harper's fact-checkers got in touch several weeks later.

"The fear of being exposed, and of the harassment that will inevitably follow, has dominated my life since", Donegan said. "I've learned that protecting women is a position that comes with few protections itself".

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Donegan says that she chose to go public after she "learned Katie Roiphe would be publishing my name in a forthcoming piece in Harper's magazine".

And they were none too happy that Roiphe was prepping a piece to out list author Donegan. She did not respond to BuzzFeed News' request for comment.

Dayna Tortorici stood up for Donegan's safety and said, "All I can say is: don't". "The risk of doxing is high".

She said she was contacted by Katie Roiphe at Harper's in December about an article on the feminist movement.

The woman said her sexual encounters with Greitens were consensual, and took place in 2015.

Pretty soon, five writers had pulled stories from future issues of Harper's, according to The New York Times, in an attempt to pressure the magazine into killing the Roiphe piece. She even offered to pay the writers the amount of money they would lose.

It's probably true that the list contributors are all relatively low-level women acting sincerely.

At the time that Donegan's list had gone viral, reporters, sexual harassment and assault victims, and the intersection of the two groups couldn't have imagined the impact that her list would have had, nor the later organization of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements against sexual harassment. "I am not "outing" anyone. I have to say it's a little disturbing that anyone besides Trump views Twitter as a reliable news source", her statement read.

"The outrage [about the Harper's article] made it seem inevitable that my identity would be exposed even before the Roiphe piece ran", she wrote.

After Donegan unveiled her identity Wednesday night, women rallied around her on social media, describing her efforts as courageous and validating.

She emphasized the importance of "whisper networks" - private, informal alliances where women can share "open secrets and warn women away from serial assaulters". She also says she didn't expect that naming a man as a harasser would have consequences for him, describing it as a notion born out of cynicism.