In the wake of the #MeToo campaign Kate Manne, assistant professor of philosophy at Cornell University discusses why our attitudes are still not where they need be and explains that victims of abuse often stay silent because of “Himpathy”, an excessive sympathy for privileged male perpetrators with ostensibly bright futures.
Often, we choose not to believe them. Yet more bitterly, we do believe them, but just don’t care sufficiently to change our attitudes or actions toward the perpetrator on this basis. The majority of Americans believed that Donald Trump had a long history of sexual assault and harassment. Many of those in that majority just didn’t care enough not to vote for him.