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'All we need the men-folk to do is actually agree' – NZ media commentator weighs in on Sir Ian McKellen's sexual-misconduct comments

A prominent female Kiwi media commentator has advised that "all we need the men-folk to do is actually agree" sexual misconduct exists - anything more is generally patronising.

Creative director of marketing company Radiation, Jill Brinsdon, has said men who weigh into the sexual-abuse saga rocking Hollywood by grading the degrees of sexual abuse are missing the broader issue.

"All we need the men folk to do is actually agree," Ms Brinsdon said. "We just need them to go, yup it's not ok.

"We don't need them to say 'but hang on ladies there's a difference between a pat on the bottom and some other much more dangerous activity'.

"No, no, it's all part of the problem."

The comments come after Sir Ian McKellen today commented on the Weinstein saga by saying directors in the 60s took advantage of actresses in the sixties offering sex for roles.

Sir Ian was speaking to an audience at Oxford Union on December 6, where he called sexual abuse in his industry - and any industry - "reprehensible".

"People taking advantage of their power is utterly reprehensible anywhere it happens, within the family... in the work place ... doesn't have to be the theatre, doesn't have to be Hollywood, it could be the local shop ... it could be parliament," he said.

"Wherever it happens, it won't do.

"People must be called out, and it's sometimes very difficult for victims to do that."

Media commentator Jill Brinsdon says high profile men who highlight women’s own complicity in sexual misconduct are "tone deaf". Source: 1 NEWS

He joins other male actors like Matt Damon who have spoken on the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal.

He said he recalled an incident in the 1960s where an actress had sent an application for a role to a director with "DRR" written on it - short for "Director's Rights Respected".

This was a code implying that the actress was willing to sleep with the director to secure the role, and Sir Ian said men in the industry should not have take nadvantage of that.

"That was commonplace from people who proposed that they should be a victim - madness," he said.

"People have taken advantage of that and encouraged it and it absolutely will not do."

Ms Brinsdon said men can have a positive role in the debate around sexual-misconduct, but they are "definitely either part of the solution, or part of the problem".

"I think the phrase that I've heard is 'tone deaf' and I would really agree with that," Ms Brinsdon said.

"We really don't need the: 'ladies, ladies, ladies, we're not all like that' - we don't need that, thank you very much."

All this kicked off in October when more than a dozen women accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct.

The allegations sparked a "reckoning" for Hollywood, and the world's workplaces, triggering the #Metoo hashtag.

Sir Ian climbed into the Weinstein saga by saying actresses in the sixties would offered sex for roles. Source: 1 NEWS


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