Archive for April 2015
“I think of that moment of sea change like a sort of herd immunity. The positive voices, when there are enough of them, keep abusive ones from spreading, just as a mostly vaccinated population protects those few people who are not. Together, we have the power to protect the most vulnerable among us.” The last time I talked about the psoriasis issues within opposite gender self-esteem, it’s automatically derailed into sexism, the theoretical her and the physical she was derided from one guy after another like a negative herd mentality. It’s terrifying, because those guy are friends that I knew who spoke highly of society moral value. Heck, even can’t shut up to the idea of Scandinavian values — of Hygge, Sisu and Lagom, of Danishness, Finnishness and Swedishness. There’s reason I stop talking to these people.
As TED’s social media editor, I have seen a lot of nasty comments. I’ve seen grown men and women deride a 14-year-old girl for her choice of dress. I’ve seen them say they’re revolted by a beautiful transgender woman. On every talk about race, I’ve seen a slew of racist comments. But none have ever been as bad as the comments we got when we published Monica Lewinsky’s TED Talk, The Price of Shame. At least at first.
When Monica spoke at TED2015, held in March in Vancouver, the audience in the room received her with warmth and generosity of spirit. Many who’d had reservations were swayed by her talk. We saw this kind, vulnerable, strong woman who wanted to be heard — a woman who knew what was at stake for the victims of public shaming and who deeply hoped to get her message right. For someone scarred…
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