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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

When I was growing up in the 1990s, it was a sign of sophistication to like Marilyn Manson. He was the go-to signifier of edginess for suburban white kids, a man who embodied all that was ugliest in the world, but who did it, like…




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Jude Ellison S. Doyle

Jude Ellison S. Doyle

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

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