Misconduct at Cosmonauts Avenue

The apology was platinum. The publicist hit all the right notes: the contrite acceptance of responsibility, the head-hanging, the hand-wringing, the self-flagellation, the commitment to listening and learning and striving to change. The reminder of daughter, the apology to wife, the reassurance of positive work for womankind in other areas. The subtle denial of the worst of the crimes suggested, the gentle implication that the story had shifted in telling, the proposition that the behavior in question was perhaps less severe than the accuser had recalled, that the touch was lighter and less inappropriate than reported, that the lamps had been dimmed but not extinguished, that the lean towards the accuser had been intimate but not necessarily intimidating…

Read the rest of this story about boats and contrition over at Cosmonauts Avenue. [Content warning for sexual assault.]

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