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Woman feeling ashamed
Shame is really easily understood as the fear of disconnection. Is there something about me that, if other people know it or see it, that I won’t be worthy of connection? (Brené Brown, 4m42s, posted 3 January 2011, accessed 5 July 2020)
Shame has long been utilised to rebuke anyone who stepped outside an agreed moral code. In small communities, the incidents were isolated. But with the growth of cities and the mass media, information spread much faster. Scandal went mainstream.
However, today, the rise of ‘anti-shame’ explains how some emerge unscathed. Recent movements have attempted to redress the dynamic of scandal – by shaming those accused of abusing their power. Where scandal was once born out of a prurient mindset, it now often centres on abuse of power and anger over sexual exploitation.
(Adapted from BBC, posted 21 November 2019, accessed 25 November 2019)
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