No 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature, Panel Says Amid Sexual Abuse Scandal

As yet another institution sees the impact of a sexual harassment scandal, I find myself both highly-irritated and hopeful.

I’m tired. Every time I hear of another instance – another institution – of abuse, it’s something new to mourn, something additional to process, more [mostly] women for which to feel protective. Choosing to pay attention to these issues in society, means an almost constant pull on one’s heart and mind. It’s heartbreakingly-exhausting….a state which, I have found over time “evolves” into….highly-irritating.

But also there is hope. For each Swedish Academy/Nobel Prize in Literature, Nike corporate, U.S. Gymnastics Association, ET CETERA, there is a person, or persons, or even (if we are lucky) WHOLE INSTITUTIONS that may well be held responsible for their sins of commission and/or omission….their derelictions of duty.

Knowing that truth can’t come until deception sees the light (even if over its own objection), means that each one of these new disasters is an opportunity for change – and, thankfully, the spotlight is growing bigger by the day.


Susan Carns Curtiss, Founder/CEO Girl Attorney, LLC

From The New York Times authored by Christina Anderson and Richard Perez-Pena:

“The Swedish panel that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature said on Friday that it would take the extraordinary step of not naming a laureate this year — not because of a shortage of deserving writers, but because of the infighting and public outrage that have engulfed the group over a sexual abuse scandal.

The Swedish Academy said it would postpone the 2018 award until next year, when it will name two winners, making this the first year since World War II that the panel has decided not to bestow one of the world’s most revered cultural honors. The academy is involved only in the literature award, so other Nobel Prizes are not affected.

Though the prizes should be awarded annually, they can be postponed or skipped “when a situation in a prize-awarding institution arises that is so serious that a prize decision will not be perceived as credible,” Carl-Henrik Heldin, chairman of the Nobel Foundation, which governs all of the prizes, said in a statement posted online Friday morning. ‘The crisis in the Swedish Academy has adversely affected the Nobel Prize. Their decision underscores the seriousness of the situation and will help safeguard the long-term reputation of the Nobel Prize.’”



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