Most of us were born into a time of greater social freedom and equality than the world has ever known…but greater doesn’t mean For many of us – Gen-Xers to Millenials, issues like Griswold V.But as insidious as this system can be among even the best-intentioned, it’s far worse when it’s deliberately invoked to protect the abusers.
In many ways, it’s an issue of history without context leading to mistaken ideas about just where we are now.
Meanwhile, Brie Larsen shared men have written to me confused and worried about the new “rules” of being a good man or to complain about having been singled out for breaking them. The editor at Broadly – Vice’s feminist vertical – was suggesting targets to Breitbart? You’re drawing attention to it and that makes us come get you. However, as bad as the harassers could be, for the people speaking up, their male friends and allies could be almost as bad. As tricky as it can be for a dating advice blog to reference the red pill, the Wachowskis’ did, in fact, create the perfect metaphor for these circumstances.
They feel bewildered at having been punished for breaking a code of behavior they didn’t recognize existed. There was a common refrain heard from so many men: Were they men. We all live in a system of unequal privileges, protections and benefits – privileges that many of us have had for so long that we don’t realize they exist.
Again, while there were some who clearly relished the fire he could bring against anyone in his crosshairs, there were many who didn’t fully appreciate that superficial charm and a “this is all a big silly game” attitude doesn’t undo the harm inflicted his victims.
Even among the most well-meaning of people, their treatment of Milo as a prankster troll ignored the very real, very deliberate damage he caused. Twitter and Facebook are notoriously poor in handling issues of abuse and harassment on their platforms because they wish to remain above it all in the name of “fairness”.