Out in the Open

Public Shaming

Out In The Open

February 09, 2018

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Shame. It burns when you feel it. But the pain and humiliation is something else when being shamed is blown up for the world to see. This week, Piya asks: What are the consequences of public shaming?  54:00

It burns when you feel shame. But the pain and humiliation is something else when being shamed is blown up for the world to see. This week, Piya asks: What are the consequences of public shaming?

Here are the stories from this week's episode...

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How wearing a headdress to Coachella ignited a debate about the line between shaming and educating

Last month, Valerie Lemus wore a Native American headdress to the Coachella music festival. She didn't know what she was doing was cultural appropriation... until Cherokee professor and activist Adrienne Keene posted her photo online, calling Valerie out. Piya speaks with them both about the line between shaming and educating.

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Briony Smith is powered by trolls who say she is 'too sexual' and 'too loud'

When Flare magazine asked writer and editor Briony Smith to make a culture video series, "Briony's Teeny-Tiny Talk Show" was born. She thought it would be an opportunity to be herself. But as Briony explains in an essay for Out in the Open, vicious trolls came out in droves to try to prove her wrong.

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Elliotte Friedman made the wrong call at Rio and it profoundly affected his world view

If you watched CBC's coverage of the Rio Olympics, you probably remember when broadcaster Elliotte Friedman miscalled the men's 200m individual medley final. And the media made sure he'd never forget it. He speaks with Piya about "the worst, non-health/death day" of his life, and how the reaction he received to making a mistake changed him.

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The hidden harm behind the 'walk of shame'

The "walk of shame" is commonly seen as comical. But it's often really meant to publicly shame mainly sexually active women who make their way home from a late night hookup. Jodie Layne describes how one "walk of shame" she experienced made her realize just how harmful the concept is.

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How bringing culturally-specific lunches to school can leave kids feeling ashamed and different

Arti Patel and Mia Merryweather Rubenstein discuss how bringing culturally-specific lunches to school led to public shaming at the hands of other kids, which followed them into adulthood.

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This man's lost more than 100 lbs by sharing everything he eats on Instagram

Paul McIntyre Royston has lost over 100 pounds - and counting - by sharing everything he eats on Instagram. He talks to Piya about putting his diet out in the open, and how public shame around body image stacks up to private shame.

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This episode originally aired on May 28, 2017