Weaver is to be honoured with a lifetime achievement award at Spain's Goya film awards Photo: AFP
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#MeToo 'made a big difference', says Sigourney Weaver

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The #MeToo movement "made a big difference" since women now feel more empowered to say no to unwanted sexual advanced, US actor Sigourney Weaver said on Friday in Spain.

"We knew the Me Too movement wasn't going to change things overnight," she told journalists in the northwestern city of Valladolid.

"It's a problem that women have in every field," the 74-year-old star of the Aliens film franchise added. "I think it has made a big difference to how women feel and how empowered we feel to say no, to say stop."

Weaver, a three-time Oscar nominee, will be honored on Saturday night with a lifetime achievement award at Spain's Goya film awards. Director Pedro Almodovar and actor Penelope Cruz will present several awards at the ceremony.

But it comes a fortnight after three women told El Pais newspaper they had suffered sexual violence at the hands of independent Spanish filmmaker Carlos Vermut.

All asked to remain anonymous, and none has filed a police complaint for fear of the effect on their careers. Interviewed by the newspaper, the filmmaker denied the allegations.

"I'm very sorry to hear about this case, and my heart goes out to the women," said Weaver. "It is women who speak up about this situation and abuses, that are making it safer for all women to work in this industry."

The global #MeToo movement took off in 2017, prompted by accusations of sexual misconduct against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Women around the world took to social media to disclose sexual harassment and assault across workplaces, governments and campuses.

That sparked investigations and legal processes that helped topple several high-profile men from positions of power.

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The #MeToo movement "made a big difference" since women now feel more empowered to say no to unwanted sexual advanced

And at the same time, men are simply saying "no" to even attempting to make any advances as it's way too risky in this climate of accusation.

And the number of single women keeps skyrocketing.

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74?

Sigourney Weaver appears not a day over 40.

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Johnny depps case had a bigger impact and this bodus movement labeling all men had predator's.

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‘Bodus’ movement? I’d that like a Bill and Ted quote from the 90s? Hey, Ted. It’s like, totally bodus, dude!

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And the number of single women keeps skyrocketing.

So, the number of single men is also skyrocketing. Not quite the revenge fantasy you imagined.

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what Weaver doesn't realize is the "Me Too" movement was borne out of, and mostly existed in, the twisted environment of Hollywood where she resides and works. She has little idea of realities outside her bubble.

It is the very people who proselytize and pontificate to the masses who are the worst offenders.

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The '#MeToo' movement might have been relatively successful, but as a young, 24 year old female, I still do not trust men, especially the ones with beards.

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It’s another way for the elite to divide us as a society. They done it by making people hate others just by which political party they support. They create no stop problems between different ethnic groups instead of uniting them. This is to divide men and women. It’s great bread and circuses for people to be so involved in rather than see how this world is being messed up by our elected leaders.

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as a young, 24 year old female, I still do not trust men, especially the ones with beards.

So a clean shaven woman may be more your speed I think.

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Now I wonder who the real Alien is?

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Bob Fosse Today 09:29 am JST

And the number of single women keeps skyrocketing.

So, the number of single men is also skyrocketing. Not quite the revenge fantasy you imagined.

Actually, it is.

Because it's women who are more afraid of being alone than men.

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Because it's women who are more afraid of being alone than men.

And that’s a revenge fantasy for you? How sad.

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Bob Fosse Today 04:47 pm JST

Because it's women who are more afraid of being alone than men.

And that’s a revenge fantasy for you? How sad

You can call it "revenge fantasy" or whatever made-up word you want but the number of women screaming and whining on social media about how men don't want them anymore has increased exponentially.

As I said, women are more scared of being alone than men.

You can thank the MeToo which-hunt.

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You celebrate on fact own disappearance only. Those hypes like MeToo movement and related abortion movement and all such push our civilization and all reached achievements over the edge and sacrifice everything to the archaic global south for nothing. The concepts are of course not bad in theory, don't understand me wrong, but consequences are ignored and the result in the end is terrible, and of course like an even worse boomerang mostly against women again, when considering how they are still and already treated in the areas that will expand and take over.

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As I said, women are more scared of being alone than men

Does it work?

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Good if it made a good difference.

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I still do not trust men, especially the ones with beards.

Get help

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opheliajadefeldtFeb. 10  12:16 pm JST

The '#MeToo' movement might have been relatively successful, but as a young, 24 year old female, I still do not trust men, especially the ones with beards.

How can the beard make that evil, wicked, rapey 50% of the population even worse in your eyes?

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My guestimate is that the MeToo movement sprang from the rise of the sexist raping Donald Trump and his hijacking the WH. That alone and several allegations on some notorious people (incl. him) have piled up and the volcano erupted.

Donald Trump is guilty of rape and defamation. Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, R Kelly, more have track records spanning light-years and the karma has finally caught up with them. It's high time to show rapists and perverts of all kinds everywhere that they can't do these disgusting crimes and expect to get away with it.

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