Georgia NeSmith
2 min readSep 23, 2018


I attacked your response, not you.

I attacked your response because the words you wrote ignored the injustices faced by thousands of women while directing attention to the injustices faced by black men in a racist culture. I attacked your response because, without acknowledging the thousands of rape victims, you asked a “whatabout” question that is irrelevant to those injustices.

I attacked your response because the implication of your words is that we should not be demanding that people listen to and “believe the women” as that could result in racial injustices for accused black men.

If you did not intend to prioritize injustices to a few men over the injustices to thousands of women, including black women, you should have said so. You should have acknowledged the suffering of women over millennia who have never received justice because the system refuses to believe them.

We have heard all the excuses why women should not be believed. You presented an excuse that has been presented countless times in order to turn attention away from injustices suffered by women & refocus that attention back on men.

I attacked your response for all the reasons I listed in my original critique.

Jessica Valenti’s article focused on injustices to women because the system privileges men over women, and by doing so ensures that 994/1000 rapists will get off scot-free.

I repeat my original question:

Just exactly what does [the fact that black men have been unjustly accused] have to do with the protection white men with power receive from “himpathetic” men?

Why did you feel the need to redirect attention toward men? Why could you not acknowledge the pain and suffering of WOMEN? Suffering, btw, that extends to women who haven’t yet been raped because we all live our lives, consciously or unconsciously, in fear that we will be next.

Please explain. You skipped right past that question, once again skipping past women.

Does my anger make you feel uncomfortable? Good. Are you confused by it? Why? Have I not made it clear why a woman would be angry with someone who completely ignored the content of the article?

Do you feel unjustly accused? Just think of all the women who have been unjustly accused of making false allegations, of being sluts, of being unworthy of life, as implied by death threats.



Georgia NeSmith

Retired professor, feminist, writer, photographer, activist, grandmother of 5, overall Wise Woman. Phd UIA School of Journalism & Mass Communication, 1994.