Cindy Gallop takes names and zero shit.
For the sexual harassers in the ad industry, you best run and hide. For everyone else, here’s compelling documentation about just how degrading it is to be objectified at work, and then asked to objectify women in ads.
“The biggest issue facing our industry today is not diversity,” she says. “It’s sexual harassment because it prevents diversity, equality and inclusion from ever happening.”
A staggering 42 percent of all female employees across all agencies reported they’ve experienced sexual harassment at some point in their career in advertising. Almost half of women feel vulnerable in the advertising industry because they are women. Click To Tweet
Cindy Gallop says, “I am horrified, appalled, and disgusted. I am horrified at the scale and the scope and the timeline of the problem. I’m horrified at HR professionals and departments who are a disgrace to the profession. I am horrified at the number of NDAs and payoffs. Agency holding companies have been buying women’s silence and men’s silence for years.”
There is plenty of filth and disgust to go around. If you’ve worked in advertising for any length of time, you already have horror stories. If you’ve worked in the business for decades, your short list of cretins who can fuck off is way too long.
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The ad biz needs this sexual harassment shakedown, but the mirror makers aren't particularly adept at self-examination and unregulated reform. The penalty for harassment has to be harsh for the perps and the businesses where they are employed.
— David Burn (@davidburn) November 18, 2017