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This past Monday, we linked to a piece in Good by friend of The Rumpus Mac McClelland that detailed her struggle with PTSD and her use of violent sex to help ease it. On Friday, Jezebel posted an open letter to Good‘s editors from 36 journalists who claimed that McClelland maligned Haiti in her piece.

Elspeth Reeve, writing in The Atlantic Wire, takes exception to the criticism, and points out that the writers who are complaining about McClelland’s description of Haiti are engaging in the same type of commentary (though not to the same extent) that Lara Logan faced after her sexual assault by a mob in Cairo. It’s a really solid piece, in my view.


Brian Spears's first collection of poetry, A Witness in Exile, is now available through Louisiana Literature Press, and at his personal website. He is the Poetry Editor for The Rumpus, and teaches poetry at Drake University. More from this author →