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The Har­vey We­in­stein scan­dal, which ex­posed the pro­ducer as a se­rial sex of­fender, even rapist, gave fresh im­pe­tus to the al­ready decade-old #MeToo ‘move­ment’. But the back­lash against ac­tress Asia Ar­gento for pay­ing to si­lence a teenage ac­tor on whom she had al­legedly forced her­self, in much the same way she says she was raped by We­in­stein, has be­come a back­lash against the move­ment it­self. But #MeToo is crit­i­cal of power and the ways in which it en­ables sex­ual preda­tors. That in­cludes Ar­gento. And the likes of New York Univer­sity pro­fes­sor Avi­tal Ronell whose toe-curl­ing ‘in­ti­macy’ with a grad­u­ate stu­dent ap­pears to be a text­book case of abuse. Ex­cept that Ronell had the writ­ten sup­port of such ‘rad­i­cal’ aca­demics as Gay­a­tri Spi­vak, Slavoj Zizek and Ju­dith But­ler. They were pro­tect­ing a fel­low ‘lu­mi­nary’, cir­cling the wag­ons. Ex­cept they keep telling us they’re bet­ter than the old boys’ net­work. Ronell even used an aca­demic ver­sion of Trumpian “lock­er­room talk” to ex­plain her be­hav­iour.

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