More on PTSD


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 is Senior Poetry Editor of The Rumpus and the author of A Witness in Exile (Louisiana Literature Press, 2011). His poem “Upon Reading That Andromeda Will One Day Devour Triangulum and Come For Us Next” was featured in Season 9 of Motion Poems. More from this author →