Like in movies, we need to find villains. A drunken man at a bar isn’t necessarily a sexual predator, but why take any chances? Throw him in jail. Ruin him. Rudeness is just another form of subjugation. In my final years of advertising, I did a casting with a young female art director (Ukranian). The model we chose had one problem: a uni-brow. The art director had told me on numerous occasions that she worked the cosmetics counter at Shoppers Drug Mart during her university days. When the director asked if we should bring someone in to do the model’s eyebrows, I said to the art director, “Isn’t this what you did at Shoppers?” It was meant as a joke, but she went back to the agency and lodged a formal complaint. I was put on probation and my bonus was taken away. That’s how easy it is. And my story is mild compared to what I’ve heard from other people.

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I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.

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