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The Consent of the (Un)governed

04 Aug

Something has snapped. In early autumn, women and men finally began to come forward to speak, in numbers too big to dismiss, about sexual harassment and abuse. It started in Hollywood. It spread, under the #metoo hashtag — first coined 10 years ago by Tarana Burke — across industries, across oceans, to the very heart of politics. Powerful men are losing their jobs. We’re having consent conversations at the highest levels, with varying degrees of retrospective panic.

Something broke, is breaking still. Not like a glass breaks or like a heart breaks, but like the shell of an egg breaks — inexorably, and from the inside. Something wet and angry is fighting its way out of the dark, and it has claws.

A great many abusers and their allies have begged us to step back and examine the context in which they may or may not have sexually intimidated or physically threatened or forcibly penetrated one or several female irrelevances who have suddenly decided to tell the world their experiences as if they mattered.

https://longreads.com/2017/12/05/the-consent-of-the-ungoverned/?utm_source=Weekly+Longreads+Email&utm_campaign=75a3f46b87-Longreads_Top_5_December_8_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bd2ad42066-75a3f46b87-238658565&mc_cid=75a3f46b87&mc_eid=0686d31577

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Posted by on August 4, 2018 in Reportages

 

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