Opine Season

One of the happy hazards of writing weekly op-eds is that sometimes, someone says exactly what you wanted to say, better than you could have said it. There’s been a lot of quality writing about the importance of dismantling rape culture lately, from Jessica Valenti at the Nation, Elizabeth Plank at PolicyMic, Samhita Mukhopadhyay at Feministing, and others.

But this piece from Zerlina Maxwell at Ebony called “5 Ways We Can Teach Men Not to Rape” is the kind of stop-what-you’re-doing-right-now-and-read-this essay that deserves to be linked-to and reposted as much as possible. Go ahead and read it if you haven’t already—I’ll wait here.

If I were going to add anything to this conversation, it’d be about the specific responsibilities that men have to fight against, disrupt, and ultimately dismantle rape culture. While Maxwell’s piece focuses on things that we as a society have to…

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