The Cost of Creep-Proofing My Career

Gender

The Cost of Creep-Proofing My Career

Illustration: Akshita Monga/Arré

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here are always reasons for women not to tell our stories. When I react to the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the story of a predator, I am the one who will be labelled difficult, a drama queen accused of exaggerating what looks from the perspective of privilege as normal. I will be seen as “attention-seeking”, and this, along with “bitch”, is the ultimate insult they can throw a woman’s way. As someone only intermittently employed, I can afford none of these labels.

I have not yet begun my story and already I am examining my motives and anticipating the fallout. But this is how we women live, in a state of suspension, forever ready to explain our actions, our words, our successes.

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