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Any Man: A Novel

Any Man: A Novel

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I gave [that chapter] to a friend, and one of the things he said was, ‘This seems a little over the top. This art studio we’re sitting in is something of a mother’s shrine to a daughter, fitting scenery for Tamblyn to express the immense physical and emotional shifts that happen to new parents. Sometimes the men are advocating for themselves and sometimes they're slipping through the cracks of mental health and stability. Tamblyn uses this less common story, of men being the victims of assault, to examine how we as a society, through conversations, through the news, through social media, think and talk about sexual assault. What I do know is that one of the most fundamental differences between men and women is that one can easily hurt or kill the other with just their bare hands.

Tamblyn took inspiration from her friend Rose McGowan — who was appalled that every article about her bore the face of her assailant (Harvey Weinstein) — and gave her rapist character no voice or POV, as it would have seemed more “violent” if we were allowed to see this as the rapist’s story. We see each man struggling with what has happened to him personally, each with a very different voice--and then the media circus begins, adding its own brand of vicious ugliness to the suffering.All the while the police are without leads and the media hound the victims, publicly dissecting the details of their attack.

I think Tamblyn intended for this to be a subtle social commentary but the commentary screamed from the pages. The novel opens with the attack on Donald Ellis, while he is drugged during the encounter it is still horrific to read and the way he was dumped to be found was heart-breaking. There’s something about social media that keeps us trapped, and it trains people like myself who are in positions of privilege and power to know that all I have to do is tweet out my thoughts and prayers, and I’ll get this many retweets, and I’ve done my work. It would be hard to talk about complicity without mentioning Tamblyn’s husband, the comedian David Cross, who plays Tobias Fünke in the sitcom Arrested Development. Tamblyn takes the potentially-cringeworthy concept of a female rapist raping men and makes it potent because it doesn't so much focus on the perp as it does the victims.I would be remiss if I didn't make it very clear to other readers that this book, while extremely well done and purposeful, is also very in your face with the many facets of sexual assault.

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