No, You’re Not R. Kelly — But You Still Have Work to Do

Yes, there are monsters out there, and you’re not a monster. But if I’m in danger from a man, that man is more likely to be you than a megarich superstar.

R. Kelly standing at a status hearing, wearing an orange prison jumpsuit
Photo: Antonio Perez /Getty Images

“We knew that the conversation we were having said more about the state of things — about where we all stand, about where men and woman overlap and don’t on sexual assault and the true danger R. Kelly represents, about how men can stand up for women and when they need to sit down — than any essay ever could.”

Aliya S. King is an author, freelance writer and editor.

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