In light of the news about Harvey Weinstein’s sentencing this week, I thought it would be appropriate to review Megan Twohey’s and Jodi Cantor’s She Said.
This was truly a riveting book. When the New York Times article broke in late 2018 that Harvey Weinstein had been accused by a plethora of women of sexual harassment and assault, the world’s collective jaw dropped. These women — both known and unknown figures to the public — had banded together in a way that had yet to be seen in our modern age. It was an unprecedented accusations against on of Hollywood’s most powerful, seemingly untouchable, moguls.
She Said is the story before the story. It gives a behind-the-scenes look at investigative journalism, and the years it took for Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor to put this story together. It is an exquisite level of journalism, something that the public rarely sees — and moreover, it was a kind of adrenaline-spiking, fast-paced, binge-worthy read of putting such a dramatic and harrowing story together. In short, it was incredible.
There were hundreds of women that they interviewed; some were too scared to have their names brought forward, others were ready and more than willing. Some had rock-solid stories. Some did not — which, of course, is not to say that they are illegitimate accusations; but, in the world of journalism, they cannot be included because it could later be used to poke holes in the overall story itself. Twohey & Kantor delve into this notion quite a bit throughout their book, which only further proves the professionalism, tact, and detail with which they approached this investigation. They did so to ensure the safety of the accusers, the legitimacy of their accusations, and to solidify the case against Weinstein. Is it airtight, to put it plainly — and this is precisely why it was so indicting.
This is not some sort of manifesto about modern feminism or the Me Too movement…This book IS feminism, in action and in history. This is the story of the unrelenting grit and hard work needed to take down a Hollywood figure like Weinstein, and kickstart a new age of allowing women’s voices to be heard, with #MeToo and #TimesUp.
This is a must-read for anyone who supports excellent journalism, thoughtful and effective feminism, and a remarkable story of bravery and fortitude.