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Not All Opinions Matter

The ‘both sides’ myth will end up killing vulnerable Americans

Jessica Valenti
GEN
Published in
5 min readJun 9, 2020

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A photo of scratched up posters on a wall.
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Let’s say it again, once and for all: Free speech doesn’t mean that you get to say whatever you want, wherever you want, without consequence. Freedom of speech is not freedom from criticism, and whether your opinion is bad, boring, or brilliant — no one is required to listen to it…

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Jessica Valenti
GEN
Writer for

Feminist author & columnist. Native NYer, pasta enthusiast.