Men: You have more power than you realize. Here's how to use it
We start the show today with a recording of a graphic description of assault. If you want to skip it, jump ahead about 20 seconds.
You probably remember this tape from the 2016 Presidential campaign. It’s 2005, when Donald Trump was a guest on the TV show Access Hollywood. He was on a bus with then-host Billy Bush, waiting to do an interview.
Today’s episode will not focus on the guy in that tape who’s talking about assaulting women. We’re focusing on the other guy: the one laughing along. Billy Bush. The bystander.
One of the awful things about that tape is—if we’re honest—on some level, we have all been Billy Bush. We’ve been the bystander, hearing or watching something messed up at work. And we did not say or do anything to stop it.
Our battle today is figuring out what it takes to change that – what it means to truly be an ally at work.
This text is an edited excerpt from Battle Tactics For Your Sexist Workplace, a new podcast from KUOW Public Radio in Seattle.
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