Moira Donegan Outs Herself As Creator Of 'S**tty Media Men' List

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In just 24 hours, there has been a flawless Twitter storm over the idea that an upcoming story in the March issue of Harper's Magazine was going to reveal the name of the woman who created the "S-tty Men in Media List", a crowdsourced Google spreadsheet, that anonymously made the rounds in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein stories last October.

In a Wednesday Times article about the drama, Roiphe said that she didn't know the identity of the List's creator, but Donegan quotes an email sent to her from a Harper's fact-checker: "Katie identifies you as a woman widely believed to be one of the creators of the Shitty Men in Media list".

CNNMoney wasn't immediately able to reach Donegan for comment.

In the months since, such once-powerful media figures as former Weinstein Company founder Harvey Weinstein, House of Cards actor Kevin Spacey, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, former Today Show host Matt Lauer, comedian Louis C.K., Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, journalist Mark Halperin, director Paul Haggis, chef Mario Batali, conductor James Levine and dozens of other men have been accused of sexual impropriety.

She'd never meant to out Donegan, she claims. But the situation spun out of her control in a matter of hours as word spread and more and more women anonymously added to the list.

"I had imagined a document that would assemble the collective, unspoken knowledge of sexual misconduct that was shared by the women in my circles: What I got instead was a much broader reckoning with abuses of power that spanned an industry", Donegan wrote. "The spreadsheet did not ask how women responded to men's inappropriate behavior; it did not ask what you were wearing or whether you'd had anything to drink".

It also had real effects.

Donegan acknowledged that the spreadsheet was "vulnerable to false accusations, a concern I took seriously".

The agency Donegan sought to find for other women by allowing them to share their stories, and be made aware of the stories of female peers, was again undermined by this idea that women could not think and decide for themselves, and more importantly, could not be trusted.

Although Donegan's identity was under wraps till now, the list already started detrimentally affecting her life in a number of ways.

"I lost friends: some who thought I had been overzealous, others who thought I had not been zealous enough", she said.

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"The fear of being exposed, and of the harassment that will inevitably follow, has dominated my life since", she wrote.

CNN said: "Donegan didn't specify what job she lost".

Donegan was hired at the New Republic in April as an assistant editor for cultural coverage. In a 1993 review of Roiphe's first book, The Morning After: Sex, Fear and Feminism on Campus, the critic Katha Pollitt wrote that it was "a careless and irresponsible performance, poorly argued and full of misrepresentations, slapdash research, and gossip".

We also know that Nicole Cliffe said she'd pay writers to pull their copy, leveraging her hold on a Twitter mob and her apparent wealth to punish a publication and try to protect Donegan from doxxing.

According to Donegan, Roiphe had emailed her in December asking for comment on a story about the "feminist moment" but did not mention her being the creator of the list.

The controversy surrounding the upcoming Harper's piece, authored by Katie Roiphe, roiled the journalism community.

Harper's has denied that they were readying to out the list's author, with Roiphe saying "I would never put in the creator of the list if they didn't want to be named".

"I was incredibly naïve when I made the spreadsheet", Donegan wrote.

The Google Doc included the kinds of things they had been accused of, ranging from rape to creepy behaviour and other kinds of sexual misconduct.

The outrage aimed at Harper's on Twitter "made it seem inevitable that my identity would be exposed even before the Roiphe piece ran", Donegan wrote. "All of this was terrifying". She did not realize the document would go as viral as it did, and her attempts to address the problems of anonymous claims were overshadowed by the overwhelming response to the document, and subsequent backlash.

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