"The perfect world is made up of so much should."

Roxane Gay on Janay Rice, domestic violence, and our national cycle of indifference:

We do not live in a perfect world. We live in this ugly mess of a world, where Janay Palmer wasn't really believed until we bore witness to incontrovertible evidence — the repulsive image of her being knocked out with a single blow by an NFL athlete. Even with such brutal evidence, Ray Rice still has his defenders, and he will likely get third and fourth and fifth chances. For women in far less visible relationships, the imperfect world is even more unfathomable. I am here, writing from this imperfect world about yet another terrible thing that happens to women, knowing these words will not make a difference.