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Sexual harassment in Hollywood is anything but new

As these diaries show, women in film and politics have long been wise to men's bad behaviour

By Ian Irvine   February 2018

Marilyn Monroe is just one woman whose diary discusses bad behaviour in Hollywood.

Mary Boykin Chestnut

In 1861 Mary Boykin Chesnut, the wife of a leading Confederate politician, general and slave-owner, wrote in her diary:

“[W]omen are punished when their masters and mistresses are brutes and not when they do wrong—and then we live surrounded by prostitutes… Who thinks any worse of a Negro or Mulatto woman for being a thing we can’t name? God forgive us, but ours is a monstrous system & wrong & iniquity… like the patriarchs…

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