‘Is he a rapist? What about him?’ Slate makes case for reclaiming ‘man hating lesbian’

Slate’s new piece claims to be about the #MeToo movement, but it’s also obviously fueled by rage over Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court — and if some of that rage spills over to other men you encounter, is that such a bad thing these days?

Tori Truscheit writes:

In the wake of the Kavanaugh hearings, a dyke friend in her twenties posted that, real talk, she doesn’t like men. I hit the like button super fast, feeling secretive and sort of guilty about it. She’d come through the same radical queer and trans circles I came up in, and in that click, I felt relieved to acknowledge an obvious truth: Most men treat women like something less than human, whether accidentally or on purpose, and that means it’s hard to like them.

I’d recently been scanning the men coming into my workplace, wondering about their histories of sexual assault. Is he a rapist? What about him? Where does he fall on the creep scale? It was an old impulse that had returned in force as the nation debated just how many of their husbands, brothers, and sons were perpetrators, given that one in three American women experience sexual violence in their lifetimes.

And that’s coming from Slate’s national correspondent.


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