What made you think of writing a book like this?
Watching the media, I wondered why prominent leaders keep ruining their lives with profound personal scandals splashed all over the news.
Tell me more about that When I joined the workforce in the 1970’s, struggles over sexual freedoms and women’s rights had catapulted onto the scene. People experimented with lots of things, from sex, to drugs, to living styles. Pregnancy could be managed by a pill; Roe vs Wade gave women a choice to keep or terminate a pregnancy, AIDS was an epidemic in the future, and antibiotics still worked. I began my professional studies of human behavior during this wild decade. I’m still at it.
So, let’s take a look at Harvey Weinstein, Jeffrey Epstein, Bill Cosby, Jerry Sandusky, Bill Clinton, Mark Sanford, the Catholic priests (not the nuns), and thousands more. I got the idea for this book in 1992 but the #MeToo movement proves this out of control behavior is even more alive and well than it was 20+ years ago.
If these prominent men continue to self-destruct after years of watching colleagues do the same thing before them, wouldn’t you want to know why? I sure did—and still do. The question absolutely fascinates me. In all this time we haven’t devised any healthy solutions as far as I can see. Mostly we punish, suppress, or hide.
Besides being a good read, I wanted The Scandal Clause to be a platform for discussion—about power, work, sex, and money. Is it possible for us to be respectful and open as social commentary about sexuality in the workplace occurs?
I hope so, because that’s the real reason behind what made me write this book.