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Sandra Newman
Author of THE COUNTRY OF ICE CREAM STAR (among other things). New novel THE HEAVENS coming in 2019 (Grove Atlantic/Granta)
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Sandra Newman 3h
Replying to @randy_ratliffKC
Yeah, people are starting to treat him as the Martin Luther King, but it's as if King was white. Not quite that extreme, of course, but there's something about it. I like him, obviously, but the way his work is framed is tinged with the desire for a king.
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Sandra Newman 4h
Replying to @Home_Halfway
Thank you, Michael. I'm totally here for you too.
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Sandra Newman 4h
Replying to @Home_Halfway
Just tired and probably spending too much time on this website.
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Sandra Newman 4h
Replying to @Home_Halfway
Thank you. This made me happy after a hard day.
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Michael Sep 23
[1912] ME: I'm gonna tickle you! CAPTAIN: Hahaha come on stop ME: Tickle tickle! CAPTAIN: Haha stop it, I gotta drive this huge ship ME: Tickling you more! CAPTAIN: Hahahaha hold on hold on lemme get us around this iceberg
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Sandra Newman 4h
Replying to @erinberenson
I know this is Twitter, but it's galling that so many people are assuming I'm attacking Ronan Farrow so they can have the pleasure of attacking me. I'm not attacking Farrow. You can click through and see me explaining this ten times. I'm getting kinda tired of it now.
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Sandra Newman 4h
Also, we're all inclined to read things this way from being on Twitter, but I'm not attacking Ronan Farrow or saying he's done anything wrong. I'm saying the way he's now being treated as the be-all and end-all of this movement is weird and counter-productive.
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Sandra Newman 4h
You may not have been following this, but many people have been crediting the piece to Ronan Farrow and not mentioning Jane Mayer. This is part of a pattern.
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Sandra Newman 4h
Replying to @BluestStocking
I don't blame him, really. I think we should just be aware of this and try to give credit to the women who have been doing this work for a long time.
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Sandra Newman 5h
Yeah, I don't at all. I don't exactly blame anyone, even though it's annoying. I mean, we were raised to see the world this way and it's not that easy to be aware of it and correct for it.
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Sandra Newman 5h
To be fair, Farrow is very good-looking and articulate. But the gender thing is part of the story here. Somehow people don't see a brilliant woman working on an issue and naturally think, "This could be the new star of a political movement," even this movement.
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Sandra Newman 5h
Replying to @t_mcallister
"Won't anyone think of the mothers?"
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Sandra Newman 5h
Just try to imagine Gloria Allred doing that, and how it would be regarded.
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Sandra Newman 6h
Farrow is invited on TV. It's partly because of his looks and his surname, but the whole package includes his gender. He was very rapidly turned into the big star of this movement and it's reached a point where it's politically weird.
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Sandra Newman 6h
Jane Mayer was not credited by a lot of people as one of the co-authors of the article today. This is not the first time this kind of thing has happened.
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Sandra Newman 6h
Thanks.
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Sandra Newman 6h
Replying to @susanicox
I am totally happy for him to have the career he has, but not for him to be treated as The Voice on these issues, or congratulating for singlehandedly saving the women. Or saving them with the help of Michael Avenatti. Just no.
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Sandra Newman 6h
Replying to @jamescappio
Yeah. It's just the last straw for me. I've tried to just shrug it off, but at this point, it's really become egregious.
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Sandra Newman 6h
I'm not against him. If I'm "turning on" anyone, it's the people who want to give him all the credit for the movement while ignoring the much more substantial contributions of women. And it does matter if we treat women as invisible.
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Sandra Newman 6h
Replying to @lafleurmtl
Yeah. I don't blame him and I don't think he's done anything wrong. But I think we should be aware of the temptation to treat him as the hero and ignore the women who are working in the field, and how particularly wrong it is in this case.
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