The night it was released I was trying to explain to my husband, beyond the obvious distaste, why those words were so offensive to every woman, everywhere, when I suddenly burst into tears; my words took me to every sexual harassment I’ve ever experienced, especially at the workplace.
It was one of the main reasons I abandoned successful careers in HR and academia to start over as an assistant, working from the security of my home.
When I moved in with my girlfriend, the stories she’d tell me were hard to take.
She explained that that is just a reality of being a woman, that these things happen. It will be impossible to remain that way after this election."Here are 75 of the letters we received, edited for space.
There has never been anything like that before."In the weeks since, people have shared stories in Facebook posts, through Medium posts, and on Instagram and Snapchat.
Two weeks ago, WIRED asked readers to share their stories of workplace harassment. We read them all, and found them thoughtful, detailed, and heartbreaking.
When I was 16, I was working at a grocery store as a cashier.
One day, as I was climbing a ladder to put up some signage, a manager approached me and said "I could watch you go up and and down that ladder all day. " He made comments like that to me on a regular basis.
But there was the dean who belittled the women in his department to the married elder colleague, who was my boss, who would constantly give me "wet kisses" on my cheek and send "romantic" messages to my phone despite me having explained to him I did not consider those advances proper.One young woman was surprised by the number of stories written by men who'd been harassed by men or women.And one young writer was dismayed by the pervasiveness of it all.There is a depressing irony in the fact it was that Republican candidate himself who reminded everyone that there are plenty of men in power who use that power to demean, denigrate, and demoralize women. Old man on city bus grabs my 'pussy' and smiles at me.About a month ago, just after the release of a tape in which Donald Trump boasted of sexually assaulting women, Canadian author Kelly Oxford issued a call to action with a single tweet: "Women: tweet me your first assaults. I’m 12."By the end of the weekend more than 40 million people had visited Oxford's Twitter page.