Last Week Tonight with John Oliver aired an amazing episode on public shaming this past weekend. He covered a lot of ground - when is public shaming positive? When is public shaming deserved? But the most important pieces came from interview with Monica Lewinsky. Public shaming broke Monica It buried her under an "avalanche of pain". And still - after daily attacks for the past 23 years, she's somehow found her way through it all. Built a life. Found humor.
I think this is just the beginning of the conversations we need to have as a culture surrounding shame. Where does this need to shame others come from? Why do we feel entitled to put it onto others? What responsibility do people have when they publicly shame others? I'd love to get your thoughts. This is a difficult and deep topic. As women, we all carry different kinds of shame. And for me, shame is just too heavy a burden to keep carrying.