We Have to Change Things | Vol. 5 / No. 1.1

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I’m sick, so this is going to be short (and late! Go sick me). I originally wanted to write a whole long post about Weinstein, Toback, Spacey, and so many more who have recently been the subject of allegations of harassment and assault. So many, many more. And honestly, I probably wasn’t going to say anything that hasn’t already been said. Also my head is all fuzzy. So instead, I want you to read this wholly depressing article about how things likely aren’t going to change too much in the wake of Weinstein, and I want you to prove the article wrong wrong. Work to change culture. Practice primary prevention. Practice bystander intervention. Talk to the people in your life. Talk to the people in your work or in your classroom. Use whatever sphere of influence you have to make sure that 20 years from now, we are not once again shocked as a culture to find that powerful men use that power to sexually exploit others.

I’m gonna go nap for a million years. Hopefully culture will be better when I wake up.

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Elle Irise is a regular contributor to This Week In Tomorrow. When she’s not sick, she studies gender in popular culture.

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