Christina Caron – The New York Times:
Those comments were met with anger and frustration online, where many women, including the actress Alyssa Milano, rejected attempts to categorize various forms of sexual misconduct.
“They all hurt,” Ms. Milano wrote on Twitter on Friday. “And they are all connected to a patriarchy intertwined with normalized, accepted — even welcomed — misogyny.”
I don’t believe there is a man alive who can understand what it’s like to live in a woman’s skin.
I don’t believe there’s a white man or woman alive who knows what it’s like to grow up black or brown.
I believe Damon was trying to express sympathy and at the same time draw distinctions. Nice try, but he didn’t know what he was talking about. Not really. Yes, a slap on the ass is different in degree than molestation. That’s a distinction to be made by a judge. Among the non-legal set, they’re both off-limits, full stop.
Rather than opining one’s way into the conversation, better to ask, and listen, and hear.