Outrage is a finite resource; to attempt to generate it over and over again ensures that it will be harder for it to mean anything”

Fredrik deBoer in The Towner:

To compare a journalist revealing the real identity of a wealthy writer to domestic abuse, enslavement, and sexual assault is to disrespect the victims of those horrible crimes in the comparison. What happened to Ferrante was unpleasant, even exploitative; it was not the same as physical or sexual abuse. This distinction is necessary if we’re to preserve the status such crimes have rightfully earned as uniquely worthy of moral condemnation. Outrage is a finite resource; to attempt to generate it over and over again ensures that it will be harder and harder for it to mean anything in the future.


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December 27, 2016 · culture · gender · outrage · deference · victimization · the towner · deBoer

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