Deborah Cameron, who gave our public lecture last term, on the importance of men shutting up:
“If you haven’t spent the last decade living on another planet, I’m sure you will recognise the following sequence of events:
- A powerful man says something egregiously sexist, either in a public forum or in a private conversation which is subsequently leaked.
- There is an outpouring of indignation on social media.
- The mainstream media take up the story and the criticism gets amplified.
- The powerful man announces that he is stepping down.
His critics claim this as a victory and the media move on—until another powerful man says another egregiously sexist thing, at which point the cycle begins again.”