Marilyn Manson Told Us Who He Was

The rock star abused women for years—but we were so used to pop-culture misogyny that we didn’t notice

Marilyn Manson and Rose McGowan, 1998. Photo: Catherine McGann/Getty Images

For Manson’s millions of fans, it was easier to see all this as social commentary, or sexual liberation, or simply stupid adolescent titillation, than it was to believe he was abusive.

Women’s lives are less important than our right to listen to our high school record collections without feeling guilty.

Author of “Trainwreck” (Melville House, ‘16) and “Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers” (Melville House, ‘19). Columns published far and wide across the Internet.