‘A tidal wave’

Gloria Steinem hails #MeToo movement — and gives a scathing rebuke to its critics

Gloria Steinem at the 2016 MAKERS Conference at Terranea Resort on February 1, 2016 in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

A noticeably excited Gloria Steinem shared her thoughts on the #MeToo movement, as well as its critics, after making an appearance at the Makers Conference in Hollywood on Tuesday. Speaking to HuffPost’s Emily Peck, the feminist icon said that while she had seen similar movements before, the sheer number of women coming forward to share their experiences of sexual harassment, assault, and other abuse was unprecedented.

“It’s not new except in its numbers, which is very important. So now it’s like a tidal wave,” said Steinem. “What’s profoundly different: It is a majority movement.”

And already, she pointed out, the movement was having an impact.

“Women are being believed for the first time ever,” she said.

When Peck asked her about what she thought about the complaints from critics who feel the #MeToo movement has gone too far, Steinem laughed.

“Fuck them,” she replied bluntly.

Watch Steinem’s full appearance, a conversation with Barbara Smith, at the Makers conference below.

Read the full story at HuffPost.

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