WIM LAVEN – I get accused of â€œbeing over-the-topâ€ and using hyperbole by conservative friends and acquaintances with increasing frequency. This is caused, in large part, by me being a vocal and active contributor to the public discourse about issues of peace and justice. I am called a â€œsnowflakeâ€ for responding to those who supportâ€”or even promoteâ€”rape culture. My conservative friends say they cannot take me seriously, which is frustrating, but at least it is honest. The question is: how seriously should we consider the statements others make?