July 10, 2014 9:10 AM Subscribe
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Last month, Shanley Kane, founder of Model View Culture
, (previously, previously,previouslyier, previousliest)
accused a journalist of stalking and harassing her
Publisher Bobbie Johnson's reply:
Despite what you may have heard
, we aren’t “investigating” Shanley, or threatening to dig up secrets from her personal life. We’re trying to produce an accurate profile of somebody doing interesting, vital, valuable work.
We are not preparing a story that would smear her.
We have never coerced her, blackmailed her, or threatened to publish mistruths. We have talked to her, asked her questions and said we will check facts.
Yesterday Elizabeth Spiers' profile, titled “Speaking up every. Fucking. Time”
How one feminist publisher is taking on the worst of Silicon Valley (and some of her allies, too)
"A large part of the site’s appeal was Kane herself: in particular, her approach to her opponents. She was unafraid to go after people she thought were part of the problem, and some of her tactics were contentious. On Twitter, particularly, her reactions were visceral: all-caps denunciations telling the relevant offenders to fuck off, calling them assholes and pieces of shit.
The Twitter conversations—if you can call them that—were striking all the more because Kane’s more formal articles seemed to be written by an almost entirely different person. They were long, analytical pieces with an academic bent, advocating for things like better mechanisms for conflict resolution, more robust and proactive HR departments that prioritize diversity, or alternative approaches rather than simply telling women to “lean in” in order to succeed.