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What HuffPo didn’t want you to read: “A Tape Doesn’t Change a Goddamn Thing” by Karrie Higgins

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A screenshot from Higgins’ multimodal essay.

Last week, Karrie Higgins (whose work we’ve highlighted before) published an essay so controversial, the Huffington Post took it down and deleted her contributor account within hours of it going live. I was lucky enough to read the essay before it was taken down and knew it needed to be shared. Thankfully the editor of Full Grown People picked up Higgins’ essay after it’s mysterious disappearance, and it went live again just the next day.

Higgins’ essay, originally titled “Donald Trump confessed to sexual assault on tape and so did my brother, and here is what I know: a tape doesn’t change a goddamned thing,” is a devastating and necessary account of the reality so many women face regarding sexual assault, why it is under reported, and why so may male assailants roam free.

As she states:

When Access Hollywood leaked a recording of Donald Trump bragging about “grabbing women by the pussy,” I felt the same empty relief I get after a good puke. Finally, a misogynist with a history of violence and rape accusations would be unmasked for the predator he is. And yet, I knew deep down: a tape doesn’t change a goddamned thing.

The humiliation of a man accused is always more important than the trauma of a woman assaulted.

The presidential election and my abuse collapse into the same event.

Higgins masterfully weaves the accounts of Trump’s victims with her own testimony against the many men who have assaulted her–her rapist brother, a neighborhood boy, and the beloved (yet brutal) schoolteacher who grabbed her pussy–all with audio recordings, scans of transcripts and documents, videos, and tweets as evidence embedded in the telling.

Read the full multimodal essay here.

8 replies »

  1. The thing is that guy s a fuc*ing billionaire, if he ever got arrested he knows he can easily get out firstly, becuz of his immense wealth and secondly im sorry to say its us ,”the people” who play an important part in advertising his campaigns.Its Donald trumps so called supporters who need to change their perspective in order to change America.I recently remember Donald Trump quoting at one of his campaign speeches “If i even shot dead another person, my supporters would still support and vote for me”.Like for real is this really happening.He doesn’t know how to respect women and is a sexist.That guy is so sexist he comments on her own daughters figure; saying: “if she wasn’t my daughter i would’ve been dating her”.I have a mother and numerous female friends, and I’m just not able to stand his sexist remarks about women.I pity those female trump supporters who Still admire him yet realizing how much of a retard he actually is(if you are still supporting him my guess would be you are all gold-diggers).That guy doesn’t even deserve to stand for the post of the president of USA.Burney Sanders would’ve been a better option LOL. (if any female trump supporter is reading this comment in no way am i disrespecting you, i was just expressing my humble opinion and its a free world after all,PEACE”.

  2. When you finally see the men who abuse females all are vacant faced, saddos, bullies who are criminals in other ways also. So nice to hear news from our US sisters, across the pond. PS. They are also losers.

    On Wed, Oct 26, 2016 at 12:40 PM, The Gloria Sirens wrote:

    > Leslie Salas posted: ” Last week, Karrie Higgins (whose work we’ve > highlighted before) published an essay so controversial, the Huffington > Post took it down and deleted her contributor account within hours of it > going live. I was lucky enough to read the essay before it was t” >