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The Opposite Of Shame

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Shame's been in the spotlight lately with so many people talking about mom-shaming, fat-shaming, dog owner-shaming and/or food-shaming. Of course, it's nothing new, just a few catch-phrases designed to describe an age-old problem. The use of shame to control people's behavior.

Here's an example from my past.

43 years ago I was a young teacher's assistant in a public school. I was in the teacher's lounge which at that point in history meant "smoking lounge." One of the more seasoned teachers looked at my bare legs and said, "Enjoy it while you can. When you get a real teaching job, you'll have to wear nylons all the time!" It was summer-school and I had no intention of wearing pantyhose on a 90-degree day, especially in a room with no windows