How My Well-Meaning #MeToo Art Project Unintentionally Misled People
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How My Well-Meaning #MeToo Art Project Unintentionally Misled People

“The Advent Calendar of Recently Disgraced Men ” was originally a project I conceived in the weeks following the first surge of the #MeToo movement, and carried out through the following twenty-four days. The name was self explanatory—every day I’d illustrate a grotesque-looking portrait of one of the many men that had recently been exposed as predators, along with the news clipping that detailed their behavior. It was fun to do, operating on the raw catharsis of being able to speak about predatory behaviors in entertainment and providing the context people needed to understand what the men in question were accused of or confirmed to have done. There was some clickbait written about it, and then the month ended (with a big splash when Weinstein predictably made the top spot). I was hesitant to do it this December—something about the project felt less fitting this time around, but I couldn’t put into words exactly why. It wasn’t a lack of enthusiasm for embarrassing abusers with stupid cartoons or for the values at the core of the #MeToo movement at its inception. In the ensuing months, I was more committed to and felt I had a more full understanding of […]

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