I don’t know whether this is a result of you just going through a really hard time right now, or if you’re really so amoral about your publishing that you’re willing to try this to see if the Men’s Rights angle will make you more money.

I cried writing the piece I published today. It’s not faux vulnerability. It’s real. And it does have value. If no one read it, that writing would still have value to me. But guess what — people are reading it, because it has value to them too.

That doesn’t mean you have to read it. But if you follow a bunch of writers who write personal essays and actively ask them to share those essays with you, then, yeah, their personal essays will show up on your screen.

My Human Parts debut has 32K views and 13.8K reads so far. So, nope, not only Medium writers reading it.

But even if it was, that would be awesome too. Sometimes I get comments I love from paid members who aren’t writers, and when that happens, I encourage them to write too! I think there’s great value in everyone — EVERYONE — knowing their voice and their stories have value too.

You always talk about “evergreen content,” and I thought I understood what you meant, but when you accuse personal storytelling of not being evergreen, maybe I don’t get it. Because stories that communicate something about the human condition are truly timeless. And articles about cryptocurrencies may have value to people, but I think we agree their value is not timeless in the same way, right? And that’s fine.

People can write what they want to write. People can read what they want to read.

I wanted to write this, because I want you to understand why I left the group. This piece is scary and mean. You pretended to be an ally to a lot of people. My voice — in my writing, in the groups — has been authentic. Not faux-authentic. Actually authentic. I’m not a brand. I’m just a person.

We are people, and it hurts when someone tells us they’re an ally and then says shit like this.

Empathy for the win! Published in Gen, Human Parts, Heated, Tenderly —Feminism, Sexuality, Veganism, Anti-Racism, Parenting. She/They darcyreeder.substack.com

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