The first day of the Women's Convention in Detroit, put on by the organizers of the historic Women's March on Washington this January, included a powerful speech by Rose McGowan, making her first public appearance since leading the charge online against Harvey Weinstein (and accusing him of raping her). On stage at the Cobo Center in Detroit and speaking to thousands, McGowan called on all the other "Me Toos" to "rise up" and "be brave."
"We are all Me Too's. I have been silenced for 20 years. I have been slut-shamed. I have been harassed. I've been maligned. And you know what? I'm just like you. Because what happened to me behind the scenes, happens to all of us in this society. And that cannot stand, and it will not stand. We are free. We are strong. We are one massive collective voice. That is what RoseArmy is about. It's about all of being roses in our own life. Not me, but the actual flower because we have thorns, and our thorns carry justice. And our thorns carry consequence."
She added, "Hollywood may seem like it's an isolated thing, but it is not. It is the messaging system for your mind. It is the mirror that you're given to look in to: This is what you are as a woman. This is what you are as a man. This is what you are as a boy, girl, gay, straight, transgender but it's all told through 96% males in the Directors Guild of America. That statistic has not changed since 1946. (Ed note: that number is now closer to 94%). So we are given one view, and I know the men behind behind that view — and they should not be in your mind and they should not be in mine."
The convention opened with a video featuring quotes from people like Audre Lorde, who said, "Revolution is not a one-time event," and the late acting legend Paul Robeson who said, "Artists are the gatekeepers of truth. We are civilization's radical voice," and feminist Grace Lee Boggs: "We are the leaders we've been waiting for."
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