Friday, January 24, 2014
From the Home Office In Ogden: Taboo Talks Discusses Shame Culture.
When a woman posted that she thought she was pregnant and didn’t know what to do, the first response read in part, “Maybe you should stop whoring around . . .”
The Weber State University Center for Diversity and Unity’s monthly Taboo Talks discussed this comment, and other forms of “shame culture,” on Wednesday afternoon.
Shame culture is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as a culture in which conformity of behavior is maintained through the individual’s fear of being shamed.
“One way to look at shame culture is a way of controlling the boundaries of what’s acceptable,” said Pepper Glass, a professor of sociology who was on the panel.