While some men choose to ignore or “forget” their history of sexual assault, stories like this TED Talk
and Caitlin Flanagan’s
recent article are a jarring contrast to the contentious debates we often anticipate. There’s no perfect solution, but acknowledgement and forgiveness seem far more effective than denial, denial, denial. (Thanks to Cupcakes & Cashmere
for the links.)
Be sure to catch Caitlin Flanagan’s follow up interview with The Daily
, a fascinating discussion on the gender dynamics of sexual assault, including this brilliant assessment:
I think what those men do is they put it in a category of ‘When I wasn’t my best self,’ or 'When I was young and I was ashamed of how I was when I was young, and then I grew up and I’m really proud of who I became now.’ And so, they look at that girl or those girls as the learning experience of 'When I wasn’t the person I wanted to be, and now I am the person I want to be.’ But the girls are still sitting with what you did to them, and some of them have been sitting with it for decades.
Something to lift your spirits: France just made its first conviction
for a new law against sexist catcalling.
I never thought i could stomach a movie about Dick Cheney, but this may change
In case you’re curious, Google Arts & Culture has an interesting entry
on Pieter Bruegel’s Landscape with the Fall of Icarus
as mentioned in the article
Loved this post.
During maternity with my middle son, I remember attempting my first jog. I was halfway up a hill, red-faced, and pushing a giant stroller when two women started cheering, “Go mama! You’re awesome! You got this!”
I burst out laughing and lost all momentum, but it totally made my day.
YOU got this. ❤️