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Saturday 20 October 2018

'Lewd comments about my magazine pictures scare me' - Stefanie Preissner

Stefanie Preissner
Stefanie Preissner
Stefanie Preissner also penned the RTE hit show 'Can't cope, Won't cope'

WRITER Stefanie Preissner has told of her alarm at receiving scary and lewd comments from men since she shot to fame.

The creator of RTE series Can't Cope, Won't Cope has received unsavoury online messages whenever she appears in magazines.

"When I'm on the cover of a magazine, people will tweet me and say things like, 'Oh, what I wouldn't do to that girl', which is very alarming and sort of makes me feel scared," she said.

The Cork woman referenced the #MeToo campaign, which encourages women to tweet the phrase if they have been the victim of harassment or sexual assault.

The campaign was launched in the wake of the many allegations against well-known men in the entertainment industry.

Preissner thought about how bad does someone's experience needs to be to be considered a #MeToo story.

"But then it's like, what is a #MeToo story? How grotesque does it have to be for me to stand up?" she asked.

"I also think women reserve the right to have those traumatising experiences to keep to themselves if they need to keep going. That's also OK."

Preissner said there is still a way to go before women are treated equally in the workplace and said society must keep pushing towards that goal.


"There are slightly more women in media now, but if we look at the content of media and what women are talking about, it's very grim," she told the Herald.

"We have #MeToo and all these allegations and all these cases. We have a long way to go before women are equal in terms of their safety."

Preissner previously recalled how she has experienced more trauma through female friendships, and recounted being excluded by a group of her friends after they found her too "stressful".

"I have definitely suffered more trauma at the hands of female friendships than I have from any man," she said. "Women are so clever and so capable of the greatest generosities and the greatest atrocities.

"I was thinking, 'This is horrific.' I remembered the feelings of being in school, when no one was talking to you and you're aware of how inconsequential and yet all-consuming it is.

"It's a devastating place to be."

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