๐Ÿ“‘ In Patriarchy No One Can Hear You Scream: Rebecca Solnit on Jeffrey Epstein and the Silencing Machine

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Some of that might is monetary, some of it is the corrupt power structures in the financial, political, and entertainment sectors that gave us Foxโ€™s Roger Ailes and CBSโ€™s Les Moonves and New York stateโ€™s Eric Schneiderman and Baylorโ€™s football team so many more monsters who seemed to see the abuse of women as part of their puissance. Some of itโ€”quite a lot of itโ€”is gender. There are lots of good reasons for the courts to prosecute individual cases, but justice will not be done until might is no longer right, and power that includes the power of being heard and valued is distributed equally.

Rebecca Solnit discusses the culture that often surrounds rape. Discussing accusations against Jeffrey Epstein, Harvey Weinstein, Brett Kavanagh, R Kelly, Donald Trump and an Eagle Scout, Solnit ties together a web of power and connection that enable such actions to occur. As she states:

It takes a village to silence a victim, and there are a lot of willing villagers.

Ida Skibenes sums up the situation:

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