There is something unique about where we work. Although we spend most of our time there it is not our haven or sanctuary, and much is outside our control. It is also a place that forces us to hide vulnerabilities, and put on “professional faces.”
At home we decide who walks through our door and how long they stay. At work others decide for us. That’s why sexual harassment at work can be most difficult to deal with, and completely debilitating. The victim is forced to deal with fighting power, doubts and contrary voices, and the worry of potentially losing their source of sustenance. No matter how it’s handled, the aftermath is an unfair discomfort.
DoubleSpeak will make your skin crawl. It does a good job of helping us feel the myriad of emotions our main character feels, especially as she returns to work and HAS to interact with her older supervisor. We live with her emotions of working with her harasser on a daily basis.
This film also offers a fresh perspective on what it must feel like to have a traumatic experience invalidated by a jury of nonbelievers, or if they do believe they decide to focus on the corporation vs the workers that build it. Many times this choice creates a continual system of fear and silence in the workplace.
This film is based heavily on the director, McKibbin’s own experiences with reporting sexual harassment.
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