In the wake of the #MeToo movement that swept across America and much of the western world in October of 2017, I was so taken aback by the speed and intensity of it that I genuinely struggled to come to terms with what was going on. The sheer number of horrendous stories that flooded social media had a profound effect on me, and I spent several months trying to work back through my own history with women. Had I been part of the problem? Was my masculinity threatening to the women I had dated or pursued over the years? How many times had I behaved inappropriately? What was inappropriate and what was not?
While questioning myself, I was also experiencing extreme bouts of rage towards those accused of sexually assaulting and raping women. I would imagine inflicting serious amounts of pain onto the perpetrators of these awful crimes, not knowing where the desire to hurt people was coming from…
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