McGowan was born and raised in the Children of God cult, and her angry memoir, Brave, vents her outrage at the injustice of being a victim of an even bigger cult: Hollywood. McGowan’s rape accusation against Harvey Weinstein sparked the #MeToo wave of women responding with similar claims. In the past six months there have been numerous high-profile men who have been exposed for their part in a culture of abuse and exploitation. Her shaven head is a gesture against her own sexualised image, a commodity she claims was marketed by Hollywood for profit. After Weinsein’s assault, she endured the humiliation and subsequent trashing of her reputation in the industry. It’s no wonder she’s angry! Behind the vitriolic rage in her writing lies a woman who’s been damaged by years of being at the mercy of those more powerful than herself.