how sex negativity & authoritarian culture meets harassment culture & makes everything worse

A Conner Habib Twitter Thread

1 We can’t see sex clearly in our culture. That means not only will our culture of harassment be damaging, but also our responses to it.

2 Punitive measures that empower that state and/or deepen sex-stigma make matters worse.

3  We must see perpetrators of harassment as disgusting in actions. But we ALL live in a sex negative culture. What are the implications?

4 How can we formulate responses to unhealthy & damaging actions when our BASELINE — & this is for almost ALL of us — is unhealthy & damaged?

5 The way misogynists/alt-right/bros deal with this? Blame the victims of the harassment. “They’re just fucked up about sex.”

6 Instead we need to support victims AND see how the currents of sexual repression/negativity are still affecting us even as we do so.

7 What are the BEST ways to support victims? How might certain types of support co-create a culture where more sexual harassment occurs?

8 Not easy questions to answer. But we must remember: being better than harassers doesn’t mean our actions are right, just not as monstrous.

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