I’ve been reluctant to join the recent conversation about Hugo Schwyzer because, by the time I became aware of it, most of what needed to be said was already being ably said, and, because I didn’t have anything particularly new to say, I didn’t want to contribute oxygen (in the form of attention) to a destructive narcissist. But I’m becoming uncomfortable with my own silence, because I also don’t want to be tacitly endorsing any of Hugo’s past or present behaviors. So I’m going to keep this brief, but (hopefully) clear:
Hugo Schwyzer has proven, far beyond a shadow of a doubt, that he’s not a feminist by any definition I’ve ever used. But that’s much too faint a damning for him. Hugo has shown — through both past and present, ongoing actions — that he is a violent, manipulative, racist, misogynist, dishonest, self-aggrandizing abuser who is uninterested in accountability and doesn’t care who he hurts as long as it serves whatever his purpose is. And those who now continue to publish him, interview him, or otherwise give him a platform, knowing full well what he’s done and continues to do, are choosing to enable his destructive behavior while making their venues hostile to overlapping and intersecting communities of women, people of color, and survivors of sexual violence.
We found only one link to his work in one of our past posts, which we’ve now unlinked (with a note, in the interest of transparency). It’s possible we’ve missed one — if so, please let us know. Regardless, know that he’s no longer welcome here in any way.