To avoid the heightened sexism and misogyny.
One of the women first speaking out about allegedly raped by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is being pushed out of her own country.
Italian actress and director Asia Argento detailed her encounter with Weinstein to the New Yorker, revealing that she was sexually assaulted by the producer twenty years ago. Argento was 21 years old.
Although many have praised Argento for coming out with her story, and it even inspired many others to speak up, the Italian press have “slut-shamed” the Italian actress so much that she had to leave Italy and temporary stay in Berlin to avoid the heightened sexism and misogyny. Many press have even blamed the actress for not coming out years ago.
In her defense, Argento, who is currently dating travel show host Anthony Bourdain, said:
“I don’t see what I can do there — I’ll come back when things improve to fight alongside all the other women. I didn’t have to courage to speak until now because you see what happened, twenty years after the attack?”
Italian far-right newspaper Libero published an article by Renato Farina with the headline, “First they give it away, then they whine and pretend to repent.” And subtitle that reads, “Falling for your boss’s sexual advances is prostitution, not rape.” Argento fired back with a tweet:
— Asia Argento (@AsiaArgento) October 13, 2017
Tweet translation: I make known to have suedfor insulting my dignity as a woman and harmed my reputation with their lousy article
Farina then defended her piece by tweeting, “I will explain you the difference between a rapist and a pig.”
In an interview with Variety, Argento explained:
“I am being shamed by the Italian media, which is medieval. Until the 60’s you could kill your wife and it was called murder of honor, if she had cheated. Until 1996 rape was considered a crime against morals, not against a person.”
Not all support has been negative, however. Radio presenter Giulia Blasi began the hashtag #quellavoltache (that time when), inspiring other Italian women to speak out about sexual harrasement and assault.
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