by Amy Davidson
There are all sorts of tears in this trial, and a silence where Reeva Steenkamp’s voice might have been. The defense tries to claim even what witnesses said were her shouted words, saying that they were Oscar Pistorius’s. He is emotional; he is also, at the moment, fine, and she is dead. The trial is in its early days, and the defense has yet to offer all its doubts. But there is something worth remembering. A man who cries and prays over a dying woman, who can be made physically sick just by hearing about the wounds to her body, can still have murdered her. A man who tells a woman who loves her—who does, in fact, love her—can kill her, too. Forgetting that is a profound domestic danger. There are many forms of intimacy, which can impinge on each other: a man and a woman, a man and a gun.
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