Formula One racing recently announced it would end decades of ceremonial tradition by abolishing “grid girls” — young “promotional models” who introduce the races and are sprayed with champagne by the winning driver.
Those accused of misconduct, assault, and harassment have ranged from small actors to big-shot producers, but almost all were male. Almost, but not all: female singer Timothy Heller recently accused alternative pop singer Melanie Martinez of assaulting her.
Winfrey, who is the first black woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement, used this platform to highlight important issues related to both the #MeToo movement and her own experiences as a black woman.
Men have only been surprised by #MeToo because they haven't been forced to confront the ways in which women’s lives are so frequently tinged with the feeling that they must defend themselves against men’s tendencies to sexualize them.