I am a victim of sexual abuse. I think there’s an additional valuable point to consider:
The author made a deliberate choice to write the headline that way. Would he have written it that way for any other political piece of shit? Of course not. Why? Because few of his disgusting acts have effectively stuck to him, and politically and culturally those disgusting acts have been minimized by him getting away with it. A profound, hugely unacceptable culture shift.
Context and intent matter here, the author is trying to fight that: using a platform to plant visceral imagery (uttered by a Federal Judge) so it may propagate and stick to him where other things could not. With luck, like a “cord of steel”. It’s clear he’s using explicit wording to brand TFG permanently as a fucking rapist. Good. Because nobody should get away with that shit. And that is what should take precedent. The author is doing what’s right to protect women by playing the long game. And I’d bet E Jean Carrol, given her profound sacrifices, trauma, bravery and transparency would support the fuck out of that headline and that strategy.
You’re not the only victim of sexual assault and others might feel differently. Do they not matter because of how YOU feel? Really? Fuck them? Who gives a shit how they feel? In a world that is increasingly hostile to women, where our rights are slowly being taken away from us and where the threat of violence and rape for those of us who don’t conform is absolutely increasing? Should BB just go the same route of pushing women and any victims of assault off the platform if they can’t “take it”?
It doesn’t help. Let people make the choice, instead of just putting a frank description of a violent assault in a headline. That is what the headline is doing, reminding people that women are so little valued, that a description of a reminder of our full dehumanization is considered little more than rage-inducing clickbait.
So just to be clear, only potentially hurtful triggering matters in the headline tying actual penetration to trump? Is that your position? No other bigger picture narratives or strategies matter in the fight to stop future abuse? Or take down trump, the rapist? And have that be an example to other men?
I am a victim of sexual abuse. I don’t see the point in presuming how victims might feel about imagery in a headline. There’s a more important point to consider:
You go on to explain how YOU don’t find the violent act explicitly described in theheadline and how it’s a GOOD thing in fact. That is YOUR opinion, and you’re entitled to it. But to dismiss people who say it’s upsetting to them and don’t see a need to describe a violent act of sexual assault, including SOME OF THE WOMEN IN THIS THREAD, shows that YOU feel that ONLY your views matter. That might not be your intent, but that’s what you’re doing.
I respect that, with empathy. But I didn’t write the headline. But I can appreciate a part of what I think the author is trying to accomplish. Maybe the author will defend or explain here, but I kind of doubt it. Let’s see if they change it on moral grounds.