The Atlantic Cuts Ties with Prominent Contributor Amid Rape Allegations

The Atlantic magazine has severed its relationship with prominent contributor Yascha Mounk following allegations of rape made by journalist Celeste Marcus. In a social media post, Marcus accused Mounk of raping her in her Washington DC apartment in June 2021. Mounk vehemently denied the allegations, stating that they were “categorically untrue.”

Marcus, a managing editor at Liberties, a culture and politics journal, sent an email to The Atlantic’s editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg and executive editor Adrienne La France, revealing Mounk’s identity as her alleged rapist. She expressed her concern that The Atlantic had a rapist on its staff and urged them to take action.

In her essay titled “After Rape: A Guide for the Tormented,” published in Liberties, Marcus detailed the alleged assault and explained why she did not report it to the police at the time. She cited her emotional state and the belief that reporting would only bring more pain to her.

Yascha Mounk, a German-born political scientist and author, is known for his critical views on “woke” ideology and “cancel culture.” He has contributed to publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Affairs. Mounk’s book, “The Identity Trap: A Story of Ideas and Power in Our Time,” garnered attention for its critique of the emphasis on race, gender, and sexuality in liberal politics.

The Atlantic released a statement acknowledging the allegation against their freelance contributor and confirmed that they had suspended their relationship with Mounk upon learning of the accusation. The magazine clarified that Mounk was not an employee and that they had not published any new work by him since the allegation came to light.

Marcus expressed disappointment in The Atlantic’s lack of transparency and failure to keep her updated on the actions taken in response to her allegation. She had hoped for an opportunity to present evidence and make her case, but instead felt ignored.

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1 Response

  1. “Believe survivors. Support survivors. Stand with survivors.”

    This quote resonates with the post because it highlights the importance of believing and supporting survivors of sexual assault. In this case, the Atlantic magazine took a decisive action by severing its relationship with Yascha Mounk after allegations of rape were made against him. By doing so, they are sending a message that they stand with the survivor, Celeste Marcus, and take these allegations seriously.

    This quote emphasizes the need for society to prioritize

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