As you know, the dominating news coming out from Hollywood in recent days is about Harvey Weinstein. More than 30 women so far have accused him of Sexual Assault, Harassment, or Rape.
Unfortunately, many other industries also face similar situations where men use their positions or titles to take advantage of women, including chess.
I recently wrote about “WHY IS THERE A NEED FOR GIRL’S OR WOMEN’S TOURNAMENTS?”
Here is an excerpt:
During my career, I had numerous occasions from personal experience where various male chess players made me feel awfully uncomfortable, and very unsafe, by making unsolicited and unwanted sexual advances. At times, they refused to take “NO” for an answer. On a few occasions, I was even extremely fearful for my physical safety. Sadly, many of my female chess- playing colleagues have similar stories to mine. This is why during my early years, I rarely dressed up or wore make-up. I did not want to stand out and be a bigger target. While many women want to look better, I “chose” to be less attractive.