'As long as we allow powerful men to claim access to women’s bodies as their just reward, we may not notice the monsters among us. All of these men deny knowledge of Epstein’s sins or claim to have cut ties with him. Yet the fact remains: the only common denominator was that they were all men and that they were all wealthy and powerful enough to sexually abuse people and get away with it. Epstein could not have gotten away with his violence for so long if he did not live in a culture that encouraged and facilitated his worst acts. We’ve always known that one feature of male power is the ability to use and discard women. It was what people meant when they talked about Weinstein’s “casting couch,” and it’s what Donald Trump meant when he said, “When you’re a star, they let you do it."
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