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Public Relations & Sexual Harassment

In my latest CommPRO.biz article, I argue that when it comes to sexual harassment, the PR and communications industry is no different to any other - it's an issue that needs to be addressed.  A quick google search will make this all too apparent.  

Although the attention given to Harvey Weinstein, Louis C.K., Kevin Spacey, Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer and others could lead to a focus on the rich and powerful, the #MeToo movement underscores that this is a societal issue.

In the article, I note that when behaviors are so widespread it is important to recognize that what what we are seeing with celebrities is not an aberation. 

I've recently read a couple of great books by Robert Wright, "The Moral Animal" and "Why Buddhism is True," in which he discusses the evolutionary roots of human behaviors, while highlighting steps, including meditation, to understand and address them. 

The bottomline is we (men specifically) need to look in the mirror, seek to understand ourselves and our actions, and be better.

I argue that it is a moment when throwing stones in glass houses is important if as a society we can move forward. The creative destruction we are seeing by truth telling may well be a necessary step to avoid more scandal and victims of harassment.

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