NOT A WRAP-UP OF THE JUNOT DIAZ CONTROVERSY
Some truths for both sides of the issue to ponder:
A.) For the Anti-Junot Crowd:
While Junot Diaz was cleared of charges of harassment by Boston Review and MIT (the same animal), in large part for institutional reasons, it’d be naive to think they didn’t do “due diligence” beyond that stated. The scope of their investigation no doubt did extend beyond the narrow and stuffy walls of MIT. One has to believe they did look thoroughly into those making the accusations. They’re not speaking about this for their own (decipherable) reasons.
B.) For the Pro-Junot Crowd:
Don’t think for a moment that Junot Diaz is not entirely a creature of that same elitist institution. And others like it such as his literary agent, Aragi; his publisher, Penguin Random House; and the Pulitzer Board, safely placed at the center of east coast institutional power at Columbia University.
Junot Diaz is not a free agent– and can’t be. These forces made him, and so he’s had little say on how any of this game has been played. (Though he’s likely maneuvered behind the scenes.) I’d wager others have dictated what he’s said– always making the proper statements, because he’s always made the proper statements.
I take responsibility for my past . . . This conversation is important and must continue. I am listening to and learning from women’s stories in this essential and overdue cultural movement. We must continue to teach all men about consent and boundaries.
Perfectly the right thing (via a statement from his literary agent).
Instead of telling all concerned to go f— themselves and walking away. But that’s not how the game is played.
There are huge benefits but also costs to being a cog in the established literary system, part of its never-ending manipulations.
THE ONE QUESTION no one is asking: Why is so much sexual harassment happening, from the very progressive men who declaim loudest against it?
Answers? Does anyone have answers?
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