Sasha Weiss at The New Yorker on accusations of rape. "There are certain accusations of rape so spectacular that a huge number of people, when they hear about them, are driven to pour out grief and anger — the high-school girl in Steubenville, Ohio; the three women trapped in the Cleveland house of horrors; the young woman gang-raped in Delhi," Weiss writes. "But there is another category of rape accusation — when a long time has passed since the alleged event, and, most important, when it happens within a family — that incites more fitful, ambivalent expressions of outrage," she argues. Dylan Farrow's open letter in The New York Times detailing the ways in which Woody Allen sexually abused her "is wrapped up in all the tangled plotlines of the past two decades." The response? "Some have lauded Farrow’s courage in telling her story. Others — including, most recently, Dylan’s adoptive brother, Moses — have argued that Mia Farrow manipulated her daughter and seeks revenge and attention." Doubters uphold the "difficult-to-combat belief: that what goes on within the confines of family life ... is essentially unknowable and private. That each member of a family has his or her own idea of what occurred, and that all of these stories have some bearing on the truth — and that the real truth, if there is such a thing, may be unrecoverable," Weiss writes. American Public Media editor Margarita Noriega tweets, "The best piece I've read yet on this."
Ann Friedman at The Cut on Dylan Farrow. "Let me tell you right off the bat, just so you know which of your Facebook friends are going to get self-righteous when you post this article: I believe Dylan Farrow," Friedman writes. "I do know several women who have experienced sexual violence that is not dissimilar from what Dylan describes. I don’t know a single woman who has made up lies about such violence in order to gain something. And, probably just as important, I don’t know any men who have been falsely accused of committing such crimes." So your experience affects how you'll react to a story. "It’s no coincidence that many of the loudest voices questioning women’s motives in coming forward belong to male journalists," Friedman writes. Guardian columnist Jill Filipovic tweets, "Do you believe Dylan or Woody? Do you relate to being accused of abusing power, or being abused?" Political analyst Zerlina Maxwell adds, "I love this piece by @annfriedman on Dylan Farrow. A must read for male journos."