Let’s talk about Rose McGowan - as a fellow survivor, I feel so vitalized and empowered by her and how she speaks up in a world where women are continuously degraded and abused.
Everywhere I turn, I am reminded of my place as a female survivor. Whether it’s being catcalled and groped, told to shut up when I speak out, or seeing another friend sexually assaulted - it’s tiring. It’s upsetting and makes me want to bury my head in the sand and scream - on top of the obvious PTSD.
When I see women like McGowan getting angry and dragging rapists and rape apologists, I’m filled with glee. Call me cynical, but it’s not very often you see these types of people held accountable. McGowan herself said she was blacklisted from Hollywood because she dared to speak up about her rape by Harvey Weinstein. On Twitter, she even stated how she made it clear to Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, when it happened.
Afterwards, McGowan's Twitter account was momentarily suspended for "violating Twitter Rules." McGowan took to Instagram to announce the current ban from Twitter as well as called for a #womenboycotttwitter day for the next day.
Several hours later, Twitter explained that their ban was due to a private phone number being included in one of McGowan's tweets. While I understand the violation of Twitter's term of services, the company's decision to suspend the account moments after McGowan spoke out appears as if they are censoring a voice that is speaking up.
What really sticks out from McGowan’s story is that, from women up in Hollywood to women who are extremely vulnerable and excluded from society, we are all told to shut up when it comes to abuse. We are coerced into not say anything, disbelieved when we do, and even abused further in retaliation.
When it came to one of my own rapes, I never said anything. Hell, I didn’t even know it was rape at the time. I was that vulnerable, as well as uneducated and excluded from the language, that to me at the time, I didn’t even know what consent was. And when I finally got the guts to say anything, the investigating officer didn’t even believe me - because just like with McGowan, ‘there was no proof.’ I was totally gutted.