Lorde applauds sexual harassment stand: 'Every man I know is having to check himself'

Lorde applauds sexual harassment stand: 'Every man I know is having to check himself'
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Kiwi popstar Lorde has applauded women making a stand against sexual harassment.

"Every man I know is having to check himself, having to be aware of his misogynistic biases, having to re-examine his understanding of consent," the 21-year-old told Billboard magazine in a Skype interview from her Auckland home.

"I think that is so overdue and so vital."

It follows a tweet she made one year ago, in which she said "old men in power have a storm coming, the likes of which they cannot comprehend".

The prophetic post was made before sexual harassment claims against men in the entertainment industry took the spotlight late last year. It has since turned to an international movement against unwanted sexual advances.

"It's the kind of thing that only comes about when people are brave enough to share and really bring these dudes down," she said this week, when asked about that tweet.

"I think every woman is like, 'Oh, my God, it's happening.'

"For me, it feels like one of those things where there's this chasm that opens and it's never going to close.

"You don't get to un-have this moment."

#MeToo became a trending hashtag on Twitter and was later adopted across other platforms, with women encouraging each other to speak up and say "me too" if they had been victims of harassment.

It was sparked after several women came forward with damning claims against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Three-hundred Hollywood A-listers later launched the #TimesUp movement, which aims to combat sexual harassment and provide legal defence.

The campaign aims to protect women from unwanted sexual advances across all areas of the workforce - especially those who are particularly vulnerable or don't have the funds to seek legal help.

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