Soon after Zoe Scaman published an extensive and detailed essay on misogyny and sexual harassment in advertising that racked up over one hundred thousand views in three days, strategic marketer, adjunct professor and podcast host Bob Knorpp hosted a fascinating discussion. The episode, unfortunately titled "Afraid to Come Forward," brought together The Difference Engine founder Farrah Bostic, Make Love Not Porn founder Cindy Gallop and CISO Series founder David Spark to discuss the implications of Scaman's article. The result was a masterclass of mansplaining in the face of overwhelming evidence and expertise. This column begins with a summary of how Spark's moments of willful naïveté and resistance mirror the workplace dynamics that have enabled a misogynist status quo to persist and concludes with Bostic's carefully reasoned yet forceful response (excerpted below with her permission).
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