Bill Cosby and Rape Culture

I mostly post poetry and the occasional gnome on The Midnight Writer. However, I feel some things cannot be adequately expressed in verse. If you do not wish continue reading social commentary or opinion, I will be back shortly with creative writing.

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There is a long list of people who inspire me and a growing list of people who inspired me. As much as I would like to deny it, I looked up to people like Woody Allen and Bill Cosby. They were creative geniuses to me, and I thought I wanted to be like them. The Cosby Show and films like Manhattan resonated: I felt like there was progress toward something, an underlying sense of beauty and direction in dark places. I never imagined either man responsible for creating such enigmatic and strong women like Annie Hall or Clair Huxtable would be responsible for abusing them. But they are. Perhaps I should wait for a trial and verdict, but I realize that will not happen. Sexual assault and rape victims have enough trouble getting their cases heard, or taken serious. These men: Bill Cosby, Woody Allen, Roman Polanski, etc. are vastly influential and wealthy. They have resources their victims do not. And it has kept them quiet for years. But still, I cannot help thinking something could be set in motion if one person who was rich or powerful actually received the justice they deserved. Maybe I would not feel as if the inspiration I received was somehow tainted…

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