…an the pieces themselves was the statements that these magazines seemed to make in publishing them. In lending their credibility and prestige to essays that disregarded both factual realities and the lived experiences of victimized women, both Harper’s and The New York Review of Books seemed to suggest that they as institutions were invested in maintaining a system that rendered women disposable and granted impunity to men, and willing to disregard editorial standards to do so.
Duh! They are! (Deeply invested.) Now who’s blind? Maybe it’s you who’s clueless. I often say of White Southerners, if you really and deeply listen to how they really feel about race relations in America, it always comes back to “wah, wah, wah, we want our slaves back.”
With #metoo, it’s inevitable that a certain type of white guy, or privileged guy is gonna be all “wah, wah! We want our rapey ways back! And all of our status! And people not complaining about their pussies being grabbed! Wah! Wah! Wah!”
People do not like a loss of privilege…even disturbing, disgusting, gross, rapey privilege.