Since 2015, Mallory Ortberg has been the advice columnist behind Slate’s “Dear Prudence.” She’s helped everyday people navigate infertility struggles, breakups and family dramas. But she’s also been on the front line of the fight to address endemic sexual harassment, whether it’s helping a woman whose boyfriend showed more contempt for victims of sexual harassment in the workplace than for disgraced Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, or guiding a woman who wants to help a sexually harassed friend.
I spoke with Mallory about being an advice columnist in the #MeToo era, and how men are finally starting to come to terms with their culpability in harassment. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
Have you gotten letters or emails from people who have been dealing with harassment at work and need advice? How has thinking and discussing #MeToo changed or not changed the advice that you give to people who are dealing with these issues at work?
I think I’m starting to hear from people who are becoming aware of this conversation for the first time. I personally have not undergone any particular significant shift internally in terms of how I give advice about dealing with sexual harassment and full-on violence in the workplace, in part because I see that’s just been a conversation I’ve been calling for for a number of years now.
But I think I have started hearing from some people, especially men, who are just now thinking, “Oh, maybe I should actually give some thought to this. Maybe I should consider the interiority of my female co-workers and employees and think about how they may have felt historically.” And that’s been fascinating.
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