…ng the burden of convincing the public in the lap of the the victim. Time and time again, the words “I believe her” are by proxy bolstering the broader, historically-stubborn stereotype that women are liars. Even as sympathizers chant and type “I believe her” the negative is given life. An opposite possibi…
This is an interesting nuance Chloe. To me, “believe her” on face value is a call to action for us hearing of assault allegations not to dismiss them just because we are uncomfortable with the reality they thrraten to reveal. I can also see the point you make.
Either way, “believe her” is inadequate as a mantra, a meme, etc. Needs to be refined so it cannot be misconstrued as victim shaming or as call for unconditional prosecution of the accused.
I am planning to write about this and if you dont mind would like to reference your article.