Writer, Attorney, Speaker & Survivor
Jackie Fox is a writer, speaker and Harvard-educated attorney whose work has appeared in the Huffington Post, Boing Boing and Listverse, among others. She is perhaps best known as Jackie Fox, bass-player for the groundbreaking ‘70s all-female rock band, The Runaways. Read More >
Jackie Fox shares how our hard-wired instincts can turn even the most well-intentioned of us into passive bystanders when we most want to — and think we ought to — act.
This speech by Jackie Fox explains how unconscious cognitive biases can lead to harassment and other negative outcomes. In addition, Fuchs looks into how we overcome these biases and take a more active leadership role.
The last thing most of us want to do when we see a wrongful act is to get involved. But by fostering an environment that rewards intervention, we can reduce both the personal and professional costs of bystander apathy.
We are hard-wired to prefer feeling good to feeling bad. Blaming victims of sexual assault lets us feel better by giving us the illusion of control. More importantly, it allows us to believe we live in a just world. Learning to recognize this unconscious desire helps us create a safer and happier world.