In defense of shame

What calls for empathy miss about our social bonds

Monica Lewinsky.
(Image credit: (REUTERS/Danny Moloshok))

Shame is having a moment.

There are the activists who, seemingly daily, accuse the powerful of shaming those who look or love in ways that don't mirror the status quo. There's also the much discussed book by journalist Jon Ronson on how social media has turned shaming into a kind of frontier justice. And then there's Monica Lewinsky, who is making her admirable return to public life by, well, shaming shame.

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