Brianna Goldberg is a writer and producer from Toronto. Her work has appeared in both of Canada’s national newspapers, on CBC Radio, and in international outlets including Salon, Jezebel and IRIN. Brianna recently returned from a few years of living in the Caribbean and Africa, where she freelanced on topics ranging from terrorism to Virginia Woolf. Please bring her a pastrami sandwich. Find out more about that snack and others at www.briannagoldberg.com or @b_goldberg.
The tropical temporary home where I'd been living for six months was just a few minutes' cab ride down the white beach. Its balcony faced a shore lined with blooming hibiscus, our life there set to the push and pull of the waves. It felt so, so far away. Sweat trickled on my tailbone. I bit my lip and completed transformation into an Eisenhower-era desperate housewife: I cried for the immigration officer. So not behavior of a confident global journalist. How had I let this happen?
I would describe behaviour from several managers at CBC as emotionally abusive. The other day I got a call from a former colleague saying one of them harassed her and other coworkers I'd worked with. She wanted to know if I had anything to share. I was not harassed or assaulted. But throughout the years of my CBC contract work, I thought the clenched fists of anxiety and stomach fiery with acid reflux were my own fault for not being sufficiently confident or skilled enough to have secured a real job, real respect or acknowledgement. And now I read about these cover ups and lies. I can see, for the first time, the exploitation of power was all real.
12/17/2014 08:25 EST
We know young women bouncing back from eating disorders, trying to renegotiate their relationships with food and their bodies, and mothers trying to square their nurturing instincts with their identities outside the home. But we found that many women were talking around those complexities without actually talking about them.
10/25/2013 08:18 EDT
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