An Open Letter to the Men Not Speaking Up About Harassment and Rape Threats

You are aware that when you don’t say anything, these fuckers think it’s confirmation that you’re secretly on their side, right?

Guess what? When you don’t speak up, when you don’t take steps you could take—they’re right.

I don’t care who you are: a fan, a creator, a publisher, a journalist—this is your town, too. We are your colleagues, your friends, your employees; the journalists you follow; the creators you publish; the people who buy your books. How dare you think you can stay above this? How dare you think you can close your eyes and walk away?

How dare you think this is not your problem? We are comics, too.

You think not threatening to rape people gives you a silver of moral high ground? That your silence affords you neutrality? You think your hands are clean because you’re not the one slinging mud?

For years and years and years, you’ve told men that comics (or video games or the Internet or or or) belong to them. That they are the only ones who matter. You’ve told it to them with content and advertising and sometimes you’ve just gone ahead and said it outright, and when women spoke up, you blew them off as malcontents and troublemakers. You know what those boys learned, comics? Exactly what you taught them.

Look. See how well they’ve learned. Read those rape threats as they pour in, and watch women who dare to stand up be pushed violently back to the margins. Aren’t you proud of yourselves?

You made this. This is on you.

Every response you don’t write, every time you take advantage of having the option to put on those blinders and go back to your work? This is on you.

Every day you don’t stand shoulder-to-shoulder with us in solidarity and use every inch of the platform your privilege affords you? This is on you.

Notes

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    This is my periodic reminder to other men: we must speak up, we must do better. It is critical.
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