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It's not difficult: the person who has to deal with an issue on a daily basis is more of expert than someone who never has to think about it.
Men are so accustomed to believing they know everything that simply asking them to LISTEN gets translated as 'silencing.'”
I’m sure we’re going to hear lots of stories in the coming months about actions that aren’t against the law, or that don’t warrant repercussions. That doesn’t mean that women weren’t hurt, or that these stories aren’t worth discussing.
It’s easy to take a stand against Weinstein or men who whip their dicks out. It’s less easy to talk about behavior that’s widely considered acceptable - but . . . it’s just as important.
This is part of the problem with focusing so much on punitive action - it means anything that isn’t prosecutable or fireable gets dismissed as unimportant.
Creating a progressive sexual model and politics means interrogating not just the behaviors we all agree are wrong, but also those considered 'normal,' even though they cause harm.”
It makes sense that one would feel that the way they handled it is the way it's done. That they would feel isolated & excluded not being recognized for their steadiness in the face of it, as if it were normal. Because at one time, it was.
It makes sense that something so historically "normal" would be defended, if you'd lived through it & survived, you wouldn't want to feel like a fool, or a victim, and I feel that fury. I truly do. It's not fair.
But time marches on. What one child withstood in lashings the next child learns to reject as abuse. This is progress. What happened then does not have to keep happening now. So lets not shit on our elder women artists who are proud of what they endured.
But let's not let that get in the way of moving forward, either. Respect for them is critical & we owe it to them. They lived through a lot of bullshit. They have reason to defend the means of getting through it even if they don't apply to us anymore.
I hear these women and what they are saying. And I hear how important it is to them to know that living their lives as they lived them counts, too. And that it matters. And that it worked. And that they are not alone, either.”
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