2017 is drawing to a close; it’s been a tough year, but it has also been one of a great deal of progress. Capped by the ongoing reckoning of sexual predation and assault, this year has been the starkest reminder that progress for women tends to be conditional: we get welcomed into the workforce at the price of sexual exploitation, and when that exploitation is challenged, our right to be angry is called into question. It always seems as if it’s one step forward, two steps back. And that may be the case for some time, so long as we let other people set the boundaries of the playing field and write the rules of the game. But this isn’t just the resurfacing of trauma; it’s a truly massive opportunity to level the playing field in some very interesting ways. Because it isn’t really about rights, or laws, or fair treatment; it’s about power.

Magdalene Visaggio