A must-read report in The New York Times documents years of harassment within Victoria's Secret
A recent New York Times report detailed widespread harassment within Victoria's Secret, the beleaguered, Columbus-based company that is part of Les Wexner's L Brands retail empire. According to interviews with more than 30 current and former executives, models and contractors, and supported by court documents, powerful men, including Wexner and Ed Razek, a top L Brands executive who stepped down in August, presided over an entrenched corporate culture of bullying, misogyny and harassment.
“What was most alarming to me, as someone who was always raised as an independent woman, was just how ingrained this behavior was,” Casey Crowe Taylor, a former public relations employee at Victoria’s Secret who said she had witnessed Mr. Razek’s conduct, told the newspaper. “This abuse was just laughed off and accepted as normal. It was almost like brainwashing. And anyone who tried to do anything about it wasn’t just ignored. They were punished.”***
In a new article, The Atlantic examined reasons the #MeToo movement has yet to have much impact on the power dynamics within classical music, speaking with more than four dozen young musicians about their experiences with classical-music education and sexual misconduct. "Their accounts reveal a culture built on hierarchy, critique, and reputation, and show how such a culture can facilitate abuse," the magazine writes. These dynamics played out locally last year when sexual misconduct complaints surfaced against Opera Project Columbus conductor Alessandro Siciliani. Sicialini, who remained in his position, conducted the most recent OPC production in January.***
In sports news, the Kansas City Chiefs (a team that actually plays in Missouri, despite what some might believe), toppled the San Francisco 49ers, scoring 21 straight fourth quarter points to emerge with a 31-20 victory. KC quarterback Patrick Mahomes was named the game's MVP for his role in the comeback win.