‘Alleged’ No Longer
Harvey Weinstein was tried over the past two months. So were regressive ideas about what sexual violence really looks like.
One thing the Weinstein verdict offers is a simple shift in language, from “alleged rapist” to “convicted rapist.”
on the quiet power of that change
"Myths are stubborn things. One consequence of living in a culture that remains loath to discuss sex, in schools or in courtrooms, is that it loses the capacity to talk about sex. Its language suffers, and its empathic imagination suffers along with it."