Rebecca Solnit’s smart, trenchant, thorough and distressing Al Jazeera piece on rape is, alas, as important now as when she wrote the first two iterations of it in the 1980s and 2000.
Here’s an excerpt:
There is… a pattern of violence against women that’s broad and deep and horrific and incessantly overlooked. Occasionally, a case involving a celebrity or lurid details in a particular case get a lot of attention in the media, but such cases are treated as anomalies, while the abundance of incidental news items about violence against women in this country, in other countries, on every continent, including Antarctica, constitute a kind of background wallpaper for the news.
[Trigger warning: explicit discussion throughout about rape, rape threat, assault and murder.]