Everything is archived somewhere, lurking. Sometimes, a stranger wants to know whether I was raped. I sometimes also write from my life, but I generally prefer not to without a compelling reason for doing so. I would tie up the phone line for hours, surfing what there was of the Internet but mostly participating in newsgroups and online chat rooms with people who were older and worldlier than I.
After I wrote the essay about language and sexual violence, I received a great deal of correspondence. It affirms that you have left some kind of mark, however fleeting. Then the New York Times published an article about the assault—specifically, about how it had affected the town.
Sometimes we should write because we feel comfortable having something to say that might inform. Or perhaps it is that I want to share what I think and feel about any number of subjects.
I want to share my opinions. I want to provoke conversations. Online, almost anyone has access to disclosed intimacies. For me, one of the biggest draws of the Internet has always been how I can be alone and yet find connection with other people.
I can fake extroversion, but it is exhausting. I can be alone but feel less lonely. Inan eleven-year-old girl was gang raped in Cleveland, Texas, a story I first heard about when acquaintances discussed the case on social media.
I spend an inordinate amount of time in my head. Other times, a student in the hallway makes a casual reference to an old blog post I wrote about a gentleman friend making me breakfast after spending the night.
I hated the feeling. And yet, the exposure makes me anxious. We know Medusa is dangerous, but we still want to know.
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I want to share my opinions. I want to provoke conversations. I want to leave my mark. But publishing online, like looking at Medusa, is fraught.
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