I thought this blog was incredibly powerful, and it pointed something out to me: I had been using that wife, sister, daughter thing to try to push people into some sort of proto-empathy though something about it bothered me. This blog defines exactly what it was that I didn’t like. It may be harder to get the point across about the humanity of women and girls, but I will never use it again. Thank you. What a great essay.
I don’t have to tell you that Steubenville is all over the news.
I don’t have to tell you that it’s a fucking joke that Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond, the two teenagers convicted of raping a sixteen year old girl, were only sentenced to a combined three years in juvenile prison. Each will serve a year for the rape itself; Mays will serve an additional year for “illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material.”
I probably don’t even have to tell you that the media treatment of this trial has been a perfect, if utterly sickening, example of rape culture, with its focus on how difficult and painful this event has been for the rapists who raped a sixteen year old girl then bragged about it on social media.
And I almost certainly don’t have to tell you that the world is full of seemingly nice, normal…
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