Not Safe For Work: Author of the viral essay 'My boyfriend, a writer, broke up with me because I am a writer'

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Not Safe For Work: Author of the viral essay 'My boyfriend, a writer, broke up with me because I am a writer'

Not Safe For Work: Author of the viral essay 'My boyfriend, a writer, broke up with me because I am a writer'

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I do not miss any of the above, but I did appreciate the reminder and the confirmation that it happens to most of us.

I understood, in theory, that Hollywood was a hotbed of sexism, racism and unchecked egos, but I had grand ambitions of making change from the inside.When someone senior tells you how pretty you look, you smile and thank him – and make a mental note never to wear that dress alone with him again.

We urgently need to develop avenues for conversations about all the behaviour that lives in this grey space. To climb the ranks, you do whatever it takes:- Pull all-nighters – Lean on your powerful mother’s contacts – Stay in shape at cult-like fitness classes – Secretly wear your boss’s fitbit to improve his stepcount – and his temper. We have come up with a way to discuss and punish the most violent forms of harassment and assault, but not the experiences and dynamics that live in the vast grey space where most discrimination takes place, much more subtly and insidiously, perpetrated by men and women alike. With her sun-bleached Hollywood setting, Kaplan transports us to another world - one which is achingly familiar. This month, when my book was published in the US, he sent me a congratulatory message, saying how thrilled he was for my success.This summarises the theme of the book pretty well, as a Hollywood wannabe climbs the slippery slope to greatness. When rumours of an assault start to circle the office, and your close friend confesses her own disturbing experience, you know there is plenty to gain from staying silent. I’m not sure if asking them out loud is useful, but it’s a start, and it feels more productive than silence. You will work whenever you are asked to, you’ll do whatever you’re asked to, you won’t complain, you’ll wait your turn for promotion and most importantly for the females; you’ll stay looking pretty.

It was woven through the main plotline and definitely added depth to the origins of her insecurities and vulnerability.Maybe that’s the fun of it – sitting on the couch, internally/externally willing someone to spot the creep(s). The nuances of our lead character’s co-dependent, majoritively toxic, mother-daughter relationship are also looked at in depth and reveal how much this affects all areas of both of their lives. People previously unaware of the terms “implicit bias” and “microaggressions” have now attended training sessions about them and know that they are bad. Though I’m passed that in my life now, this book brought back all the feelings of realising that the world is hard, you have no idea what you’re doing and you question everything you thought you knew about the people in your life.

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