Pank Magazine's Roxane Gay writes in The Rumpus about the language of sexual violence and how it has defined society's treatment of rape and assault. "We live in a culture that is very permissive where rape is concerned," she writes. "We live in a strange and terrible time for women." Last month, Gay wrote about what it means to be a woman and a writer today, and how each action she takes, each word she writes, is political, whether she intends it to be or not. I think this is something that is true regardless of gender, though gender affects the way writing is treated and perceived. If a writer chooses to write about a particular issue it's seen as political, and if a writer chooses not to write about a certain issue, that, too, is seen as political, regardless of the medium. The personal is still political. And as a woman, it certainly seems that that is intensified. The question, then, seems to be, what can writers do to change the way sexual violence is perceived? Because I think it's time for those steps to be taken.