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Women Will Be The Ones To Decide What Happens Next

Women Will Be The Ones To Decide What Happens Next

Laurie Penny

COGNITIVE DISSONANCE IS A HELL of a drug. It smothers the senses of societies that claim to despise sexual predators and yet keeps giving them awards and electing them to office. Right now, all over the world, in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein accusations, women and girls are coming together in stunning numbers to finally name the men who have been hurting and humiliating them for so long. Resistance to rape culture is going viral. And polite society is expressing a certain amount of skepticism.

Could this really have been happening to so many women and girls? Why didn’t they speak out before?

Unfortunately, this isn’t history being rewritten. It is history being reread and read aloud so that all the ugly, uncomfortable stories in the margins can finally come out. This is not a trend, or an overreaction. This is a rebellion.

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October 30,2017