The movement is moving the culture beneath the law of sexual abuse.
- Catharine A. MacKinnon
- The Atlantic
From experience, women often assume that any opposition to power will produce retaliation followed by retrenchment: not only that any progress made will be clawed back, but that those pushing for it will be punished.
While often realistic, fear of blowback can impede insistence on change and the collective mobilization it requires.
Anxiety about backlash, however well founded, keeps one’s antennae endlessly attuned to giving power what pleases (and please pacifies) it.
This contributes to…