The “Shitty Media Men” Google Document, which allowed women to anonymously out harassers to each other, had many flaws that undermined its good intentions, holds Erin Ryan of The Daily Beast. Excluding men from this whisper network was one big mistake, as they are instrumental in holding abusers accountable. Their silence rings the loudest when fellow men abuse others. The list's private and anonymous nature prevented any justice from actually being achieved. Victims should have used legal ways to bring their abusers to justice. To avoid retribution from powerful men, the help of journalists could have been used. This list was not the way to do it.
The “Shitty Media Men” list was a strong tool for women to find solidarity amongst one another and combat the abuse they have been getting for too long, infers Rachel Sklar of CNN. While this kind of a whisper network was imperfect, it provided a good first step for outing harassers, and, through its publication, how women can collectively work together to fight back. Men like Charlie Rose and Matt Lauer were pushed towards the door. For too long, women in media didn’t have a safe space to retreat to, and the “Shitty Media Men” list was just that. It set off an avalanche that, coupled with the #MeToo movement, helped to empower women everywhere.