Freedom of speech isn’t freedom from the consequences of speech. Freedom of speech is not a protection against people telling you that your views are hateful. Freedom of speech doesn’t oblige other people or organizations to support you in your privileged position as a broadcaster, or journalist, or blogger. Freedom of speech isn’t a guarantee of permanent employment when the thing you are selling is your opinion, nor does freedom of speech compel the public to buy said opinion from you.
Freedom of speech is the right not to be persecuted for your beliefs: not to suffer state harassment or censorship, or be fired from a position with which your beliefs do not interfere.Giovanni Tiso
I also think that men who rape women because their clothes were provocative are not completely evil. They truly do think that they are doing the woman a favor. Yes, these men are probably sick in the head, but if you think about it, it makes sense. It is situations like these that people need to start understanding because they hear the word “rape” and automatically assume the man is at fault and choose not to learn further of the situation.
If we take this seriously - a human future, that is, if we really care about whether there will be a human future - each one of us who claims to care has to be willing to be challenged, radically. How we think, feel, and act - it’s all open to critique, and no one gets off easy, because everyone has failed. Individually and collectively, we have failed to create just societies or a sustainable human presence on the planet.
If you think this is too extreme, alarmist, hysterical, then tell a different story of the future, one that doesn’t depend on magic…
[because] there is no way to magically solve the fundamental problems that result from too many people consuming too much and producing too much waste, under conditions of unconscionable inequality in wealth and power.