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Over the last couple of days two online trends have caught my attention.

The first is the Margaret Atwood quote, "Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them."

The other is #notallmen

The proximity of the two got me thinking.

Women are supposed to police themselves and each other to make sure that when talking about violence, aggression and harassment that they make it clear that they're "not talking about all men here".

However, when men are talking about the inequities women subject them to, no one polices their language to make clear that not all women are laughing at them. In fact, in online spaces where that kind of discussion is engaged in, that kind of generalization is expected and encouraged.

That men who have a stake in downplaying the dangers women encounter in society are not playing fair is not a surprise. That those of us who consider ourselves more evolved and aware may not have made this connection or contemplated the implications of it is more disturbing to me.
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