All Men Are and Are Not Potential Rapists

“We do, and we must, regard all men as potential monsters to be feared.” That’s the new version of “all men are potential rapists” tweeted by Monica Hesse of The Washington Post. It has 12,000 likes so far.

Is it true that all men are potential monsters? Is it false?

Yes.

That’s not a contradiction; it’s the result of an ambiguity in the word “potential.” More