How the myth of the artistic genius excuses the abuse of women

    By: Kelsey Vuillemot on Nov 13, 2017

    Amanda Hess writes, "Can we now do away with the idea of 'separating the art from the artist'? 

    Whenever a creative type (usually a man) is accused of mistreating people (usuallly women), a call arises to prevent those pesky biographical details from sneaking into our assessments of the artist's work. But the Hollywood players accused of sexual harassment or worse - Harvey Weinstein, James Toback, Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K., to name a few from the ever-expanding list - have never seemed too interested in separating their art from their misdeeds. We're learning more every day about how the entertainment industry has been shaped by their abuses of power. It's time to consider how their art has been, too. 

    These men stand accused of using their creative positions to offend - turning film sets into hunting grounds; grooming young victims in acting classes; and luring female colleagues close on the pretext of networking, only to trap them in uninvited sexual situations. The performances we watch onscreen have been shaped by those actions. And their offenses have affected the paths of other artists, determining which rise to prominence and which are harassed or shamed out of work. In turn, the critical acclaim and economic clout afforded their progects have worked to insulate them from the consequences of their behavior." 

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    Released: November 13, 2017, 12:54 pm
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