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Author: John Pavlovitz

A message to the men on the other side of #MeToo

As I watched my social media feeds fill up over, with hundreds of #MeToo hashtags from women sharing their firsthand experience of sexual harassment or assault, I began to grieve. I grieved for the sheer volume of the revelations, realizing they will still only barely scratch the surface; how many more women are too traumatized, too protective of their privacy, or simply not yet ready to make such personal declarations to an invisible assembly of relative strangers—many of them, the very kinds of men responsible for these wounds. I know how many more women are carrying these terrible stories...

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Supporters of Donald Trump don’t get to be outraged at Harvey Weinstein

Based on the stories that continue to surface from women in Hollywood, film producer Harvey Weinstein bears all the markers of a serial predator; a man who for years, appears to have exploited his considerable power and position to take advantage of vulnerable women for his own pleasure. If the allegations and the surfaced recordings prove true, they’re as sickening as it gets; a violation of any measure of human decency and humanity. Weinstein is now rightly experiencing the consequences of his allegedly abhorrent behavior. In the wake of the revelations, he was fired from his company, his wife...

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Gun apologists, save your “Thoughts and Prayers”

This essay was originally written on June 22, 2015 in response to the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. It remains as relevant and timely now as it was two years ago. In fact, Google results for keywords on the subject make it hard to distinguish the search results between the current Las Vegas massacre and the long list of others that have occurred over the past few years. In many cases, the headlines are identical and only the date has changed. A new day in the Land of the Free, and that means another mass shооtіng and another...

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Gun lovers, please don’t grieve another act of domestic terrorism alongside me

This essay was originally written on October 1, 2015 in response to the Umpqua Community College shooting in Roseburg, Oregon. It remains as relevant and timely now as it was two years ago. In fact, Google results for keywords on the subject make it hard to distinguish the search results between the current Las Vegas massacre and the long list of others that have occurred over the past few years. In many cases, the headlines are identical and only the date has changed. I am grieving again today. Once more I am mourning the senseless execution of beautiful souls...

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Op Ed: Protests not about a Flag, an Anthem, or the Military, and you know it

“They’re disrespecting the flag… They’re disrespecting the Anthem… They’re disrespecting the Military!” These have been the constant refrains from many people over the past week (most of them white) in response to NFL players locking arms or taking a knee or placing a fist in the air during the National Anthem: that such things represent an attack on this country, on its servicemen and women — on America itself. Never mind that those actually protesting have denied such things over and over and over again, both before and after every game. Such details are of little importance, especially when...

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Dear Conservatives, I Don’t Understand Your Cruelty

My conservative friends, I really wish I could understand you. I wish I could step into your shoes, climb inside your head, peek into your heart and see what it is that motivates you when you place your feet on the ground and step out into a day you’ll never experience again. When you realize you’ve been blessed with another precious, fleeting bit of daylight here, why does it seem like your default response to it all is malevolence — no, maybe not to you or your family, or to those you see as your own—but to the vast...

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