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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - CRITICS’ CHOICE -

Here’s the thing about sex­ism: It’s an equal-op­por­tu­nity prej­u­dice that cuts across his­tory, cul­ture, po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion. And part of what works in the movie is that it does a good job of pre­sent­ing the or­di­nary as­saults that women, even those with great priv­i­lege, can en­dure sim­ply to get through a day.

The prob­lem is that Megyn and Gretchen have for years gone along with abu­sive male power. The movie per­son­alises this by hav­ing one woman call out another late in the story, rightly say­ing that if some­one had sounded the alarm ear­lier maybe other vic­tims might have been spared.

But that wasn’t in Megyn and Gretchen’s self-in­ter­est, a tru­ism that the movie can’t fully face. Ailes was aw­ful, but he also had a lot of smil­ing help from the very women he made rich and fa­mous.

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