Dakota Johnson launches ‘The Left Ear’ podcast, full of survivors’ stories

Dakota Johnson at the Los Angeles premiere of 'The Peanut Butter Falcon' held at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood, USA on August 1, 2019.

I don’t think we reported on this at the time, but last year, Dakota did something at the Global Citizen Festival: she got on stage and asked people to call in to a phone number to tell their stories of sexual assault. She’s now launching The Left Ear, a podcast made up of the voicemails people left at the number. From the website:

In September of 2018, Dakota Johnson stood onstage at the Global Citizen Festival and gave the audience her phone number. She invited people around the world to tell their own stories. Within 30 minutes of releasing her number, the voicemail-box was flooded with thousands of stories of abuse, assault, and trauma recounted firsthand by the people who experienced it and survived.

In The Left Ear, she shares these stories with us and keeps her promise to make sure these stories are heard. The Left Ear functions as an introduction into non-judgmental listening, and a space of refuge and healing for the survivors who called in droves in order to finally share their stories. In an effort to respect and protect the individuals, the stories will remain anonymous and the voices will be slightly altered.

The Left Ear is a podcast where we listen with the ear closest to our heart. We listen to people tell their own stories. No judgments, no editorializing, just listening. On September 28, Dakota Johnson will be announcing the release of The Left Ear at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival, exactly one year after releasing her phone number on that same stage.

[From The Left Ear]

“The Left Ear functions as an introduction into non-judgmental listening…” I appreciate this so much. When the Harvey Weinstein story broke and #MeToo stories began coming through, I felt like the least we could – and I mean that, the very f–king least – is to simply bear witness, to listen to the stories of the survivors, to simply believe women at the very start.

You can listen to The Left Ear podcast here. I also appreciate that Dakota didn’t give us “updates” on this project throughout the year, nor is she trying to monetize it or use it as a promotional tour for anything other than “listen to survivors.” It must have cost her some money out of pocket to do all of this.

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One year ago I asked women and girls around the world to call me and leave a voicemail telling their stories of sexual violence, harassment, and gender based inequalities. I didn’t want to speak on their behalf, I wanted to listen to them. This is The Left Ear. A podcast where you will find the voicemails I listened to. To protect anonymity the voices have been slightly pitched, and any identifiers have been removed. Other than that, they have not been edited. These are real stories from real people around the world. Listening to these stories can feel very intense. So please take care of yourself if choose to listen. And I hope you do choose to listen, because listening is the most important thing you can do for someone. In this podcast, I want to create a space where the listener is listening just as honestly and bravely as the speakers who had the courage to call. Your left ear is the ear closest to your heart. And by listening with your heart, you can save someone even just a little bit. The first episode is available now, and more to follow every Monday starting October 7th. For more information and resources visit the link above. All my love, D

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  1. Lucy says:

    I’ve grown to like Dakota a whole lot this past few years. This only makes me like her more!

  2. Nicegirl says:

    Dakota Johnson! Wow! This is 👏 awesome. What a great service to society. I’m grateful.

    Omg also love that dress. Gorgeous.

  3. Jillian says:

    Some other sites keep calling it, “the left year”
    Ear definitely sounds better.

    Dakota has also grown on me. I think what she’s doing is great!

    I stand with the victims of sexual assault

  4. Cee says:

    I hope she does monetize it if it means she can raise resources to help victims of sexual abuse. I’ll listen to it.

  5. Safina says:

    Just here to say I LOVE HER!

  6. lucy2 says:

    That’s really wonderful, but so sad it’s necessary, and that there were SO many.

  7. Alyse says:

    She was great in (underrated film) How To Be Single!

    Love the dress!

    Love this entire project!


  8. Lillian says:

    Awesome project and also write up, thank you. People with dissociative issues (ie, you revert to a child “telling a grownup”) need to be especially wary of predatory listeners (professional and personal) who intentionally “misunderstand” your testimony- whether to protect the status quo, themselves specifically or just to abuse a vulnerable person because it makes them feel big. A safe place like this 10 yrs ago would likely have helped me with verbalizing in a grounded way, relieved some of the debilitating guilt from “not telling”, and maybe prevented retraumatization from consistently trying to tell my story to the wrong people. It sounds like a great tool and project, and we are thankful to Ms Johnson for it.