For those not involved in the publishing world, this past week hit hard when a number of high profile male authors of young adult fiction (I guarantee you, you’ve heard their names) were accused in more than one article, including the New York Times, as using their power to abuse, intimidate, and to pressure young aspiring female writers (and others) into granting them sexual favors.
These were multiple, unassociated female accusers naming the same handful of men over and over. The situation was made worse by denial and victim-blaming.
One man, however, responded in the right way. The BEST way. When you make a mistake you have to own it
I hope we see more mea culpas–in all fields–because there is a way out of this for all of is. A little self-awareness goes a long, long way.