"He's Harmless"

[Content Note: Rape culture.]

Last night, I published a thread on Twitter about how "he's harmless" has a very particular role in abetting the rape culture. In case you missed it, I turned it into a moment: How "He's Harmless" Functions to Abet Predators.

Although I started out with one specific story of how "he's harmless" has worked in my experience, there have been dozens of times in which I've personally been dismissed that way or seen other women be dismissed that way.

I genuinely hope men will read this and reflect on the times they might have responded to a women's concerns by telling her that the guy about whom she's concerned is "harmless," and what it means to say that to a woman, or women, reporting being harmed.

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