Rose McGowan has been in the news a lot lately. One of the driving forces behind the recent furor over sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood, McGowan is no stranger to speaking her mind. She’s not afraid to take a stand and do what needs to be done. Or, at least, that seems to be the driving theme of her upcoming memoir, Brave, which HarperOne is publishing this January.

What is Brave?

HarperOne describes Brave as “raw, honest, and poignant.” The book is intended as both memoir and “manifesto,” a call to arms of sorts. This fits in very well with who McGowan seems to be as a person.

Brave
Cover art courtesy of HarperOne.

Regarding a memoir, McGowan is certainly a fascinating subject. McGowan was raised in a cult, the Children of God. In the 1990s, she had a high-profile relationship with Marilyn Manson. Her acting career is no slouch either. McGowan is perhaps best known for the TV series CHARMED but has over 50 titles on her IMDB page.

“My life, as you will read, has taken me from one cult to another, the biggest cult of all: Hollywood. Brave is the story of how I fought my way out of these cults and reclaimed my life. I want to help you do the same.”

Manifesto also seems to be a fitting term for McGowan’s story. McGowan is famously outspoken and is known as an activist. The about the author info on the HarperOne release describes McGowan as, among other things, a “feminist whistle-blowing badass activist.”

The release also describes her as a “millennial icon.” While I’m not sure about all that, given that McGowan is not of the millennial generation, it is easy to see how she could be conceived of as an inspiration for my generation. It’s always inspiring to see a person, particularly a woman, use their power to speak out on behalf of sympathetic causes.

Why Should We Care?

Brave is incredibly timely, although that’s more likely good marketing than convenient timing. With the recent bombshell reports on sexual abuse in Hollywood, McGowan has risen to prominence in recent events. McGowan had apparently reached a settlement with Harvey Weinstein in a sexual harassment case regarding an incident back in the 1990s. However, despite signing a non-disclosure agreement, McGowan eventually came forward with her story.

This is a watershed moment in Hollywood. The industry is prevalent with misogyny and sexual abuse, and the abusers are finally getting called out. While the Weinstein accusations are what got this wave started, the tide has continued. All sorts of different powerful men in Hollywood are beginning to face the consequences of their actions. This is unbelievably important. The more people who are willing and able to stand up to injustice, the more likely it is that justice will be found, in the end.

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McGowan is not the only woman who accused Weinstein of rape. She is one voice among many. But, for better or for worse, she has become the face of this movement. Breaking her nda was a big move, and there has been backlash. Recently, word got out that there is a warrant for McGowan’s arrest on drug charges.

Although this warrant was supposedly issued in February, McGowan maintains that the (admittedly very suspiciously timed) release is designed to silence her. By releasing Brave, HarperOne is showing that McGowan deserves a chance to be heard. She will not be cowed, and she will not be silenced.

What to Expect

Brave will not be released until January 30, 2018. So that’s still some time away, and it is difficult to predict what the situation will be. Will McGowan have been arrested? Will the “me too” movement have slowed down?

Or is this truly the start of some much-needed change? McGowan is giving a voice to his vitally important issue. Brave gives her the chance to tell her own story in her own words.

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