KATE BOLICK

SOLTERONA

Tan atractivo como difícil de clasificar, Solterona es un libro que explora en primera persona y denuncia sin piedad las cuestiones que han sido consideradas claves de la realización femenina por parte de la sociedad patriarcal. El matrimonio, la vida profesional, la maternidad… todas estas situaciones marcan la existencia de las mujeres y en ocasiones las lastran para llevar adelante una vida creativa y profesional rica y equiparable a la de los hombres. La estadounidense Kate Bolick justifica su teoría con respecto a la historia de las mujeres comparando sus inquietudes con las decisiones que un día tomaron algunas de sus heroínas como Edith Wharton, Maeve Brennan, Neith Boyce, Edna St. Vincent Millay y Charlotte Perkins Gilman; damas que supieron llevar adelante una vida no dependiente de varón alguno y que se destacaron como periodistas y escritoras. Aquí compartimos sus primeras páginas.

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KATE BOLICK

SOLTERONA

Tan atractivo como difícil de clasificar, Solterona es un libro que explora en primera persona y denuncia sin piedad las cuestiones que han sido consideradas claves de la realización femenina por parte de la sociedad patriarcal. El matrimonio, la vida profesional, la maternidad… todas estas situaciones marcan la existencia de las mujeres y en ocasiones las lastran para llevar adelante una vida creativa y profesional rica y equiparable a la de los hombres. La estadounidense Kate Bolick justifica su teoría con respecto a la historia de las mujeres comparando sus inquietudes con las decisiones que un día tomaron algunas de sus heroínas como Edith Wharton, Maeve Brennan, Neith Boyce, Edna St. Vincent Millay y Charlotte Perkins Gilman; damas que supieron llevar adelante una vida no dependiente de varón alguno y que se destacaron como periodistas y escritoras. Aquí compartimos sus primeras páginas.

Con quién casarse y cuándo: estas dos preguntas definen la existencia de toda mujer, con independencia de dónde se haya criado o de qué religión practique o deje de practicar. Quizás al final le gusten las mujeres en lugar de los hombres o quizá decida, lisa y llanamente, que no cree en el matrimonio. Da igual. Estas disyuntivas determinan su vida hasta que obtienen respuesta, aunque sea con un “nadie” y un “nunca”. Los hombres tienen sus propios problemas y éste no es uno de ellos. Al principio, la pregunta de con quién casarse se presenta como un teatrillo: una niña que saca un vestido de Blancanieves del baúl de los disfraces y que canta Mi príncipe vendrá ante un público imaginario de enanos culones. En la belleza, deduce, residen su poder y su encanto, y un novio guapo es la recompensa justa. Después, se da cuenta de que un vestido de poliéster inflamable con enaguas de tul no la convierte a una en princesa de verdad y de que la belleza reside en el ojo de quien mira; es decir, descubre su valor de mercado. En mi caso, eso sucedió una mañana de segundo curso; entonces entendí con una punzada fría y aguda por qué, a pesar de ser quien más corría y quien hacía más flexiones, no me gustaba la clase de gimnasia. Aquel día advertí que, cuando nos llevaba al patio, el profesor de gimnasia no me gastaba bromitas, como sí hacía con mis amigas (las guapas). Y así fue como lo supe: no soy guapa.

Con la pubertad llega una oportunidad más de hacer repaso de una misma. En cuarto curso fui la segunda de la clase a la que le crecieron los pechos y durante aquella primavera excepcionalmente cálida estuve ocultándolos bajo dos gruesos jerséis de lana, uno encima de otro, en la acertada suposición de que, cuando todo el mundo viera qué le estaba pasando a mi cuerpo, me vería arrojada bajo un foco de visibilidad que no estaba preparada para afrontar.

Quinto curso: dientes de conejo. Sexto: ortodoncia. Séptimo: popularidad. Siempre me había resultado fácil hacer amigos, chicos y chicas, pero entonces, además, empecé a recibir atenciones amorosas y los dos haces de aprobación social se entrelazaban en una corona. Mis amigas y yo nos pasábamos las clases intercambiando notitas dobladas y redobladas sobre los chicos que nos gustaban y practicábamos con primorosa caligrafía enlazada el apellido que un día adoptaríamos.

Cuando vi al equipo femenino de fútbol de la escuela calentando en círculo, con una chica en el centro dirigiendo los estiramientos, decidí que algún día yo también sería capitana de un equipo. En octavo se me pusieron curvas de guitarra, algo de lo que me enteré mientras nadaba en la piscina de la residencia para jubilados de mis abuelos, en Florida. Dos universitarios surgieron de la nada, se lanzaron en bomba al agua y volvieron a la superficie con el pelo destellante.

–A ésa va a haber que atarla corto –dijeron con lascivia y lo suficientemente alto para que mi madre, que leía sobre una tumbona, los oyera. Me sonrojé de placer y vergüenza, y de la vergüenza del placer. ¿Qué significaba aquello? Mi madre me explicó luego lo de mi “cuerpo bonito”.

La cercanía de noveno me volvió taciturna y nerviosa. Sospechaba que los trece años eran el anillo último y más exterior de la etapa final de la infancia y que aquellas diversiones inútiles que jamás se me había ocurrido cuestionar (horas y horas hojeando libros de fotografías en busca de un brazo pasado por alto entre los escombros de Pompeya o “rezando” a los dioses griegos, para mí los más plausibles) pronto parecerían inmaduras y poco adecuadas. Cuando cumplí catorce y entré en el instituto, tuve que renunciar al reino privado de mi vida imaginaria ante las demandas de aquel imperio más extenso, en el que las chicas que ya bebían cerveza y practicaban sexo, redactaban leyes nuevas que yo no quería acatar pero que tampoco podía ignorar.

Aparatos y pechos: así es como una chica llega a ser, sino una de las guapas, sí atractiva. Para los chicos, digo. La universidad es testigo de unos cuantos ajustes más: la grasa infantil se desvanece, la flor tardía echa curvas, la que solo es mona cultiva la envidia por los huesos afilados de la guapa… y así empieza el partido de verdad, que comienza en el campus y puede durar hasta dos décadas, la veintena y la treintena.

Algunas zanjan el asunto cuanto antes, por amor, deber o miedo. He logrado que algunas amigas que se consideran del montón me reconozcan que se quedaron con el primer marido que pillaron, dejando así solas en la cancha a las guapas y las tías buenas. Otras posponen lo inevitable todo lo que pueden, la emoción de la incertidumbre cada vez mayor con los años. Sus subterfugios son inescrutables para las románticas: ellas permanecen a la espera, expectantes, ansiosas.

Es complicado saber qué es más agotador: si la pura arbitrariedad de estar segura de que el gran amor puede aparecer en cualquier momento y lugar y cambiarte el destino en un instante (¡nunca se sabe quién puede aparecer al doblar la esquina!) o los esfuerzos de mantenimiento (manicura, ahuecado de raíces, ingles brasileñas, tratamientos faciales) que garantizan que estarás madura para la cosecha cuando llegue el momento.

Al final, seas tú quien elijas o la elegida, aceptes de buen grado o te resistas a regañadientes tú eres la que da el paso. Naces, creces, te casas. Pero… ¿y si no fuera así? ¿Y si una chica creciera igual que ellos, con el matrimonio como una idea abstracta y de futuro, algo sobre lo que pensar cuando sea adulta, que podría hacer o no hacer? ¿Qué pasaría?

En 2012 leí que Edna St. Vincent Millay, la primera soltera emblemática de Estados Unidos y mi poeta favorita de la infancia, había vivido en mi ciudad natal a principios de la década de 1900. Google Earth, por supuesto, no me bastaba. Alquilé un auto y conduje las cinco horas desde mi estudio en Brooklyn hasta la casa en la que crecí, en la costa de Massachusetts.

La noticia me había impactado, tanto por la emocionante cercanía de una mujer a la que admiro, como por no haberlo sabido hasta entonces. La gente de la histórica ciudad portuaria (así reza un cartel en la autovía) de Newburyport le damos un valor enorme a nuestro pasado: así es como compensamos nuestra irrelevancia de hoy en día. Todos los niños aprenden en el colegio que George Washington pasó una noche en lo que hoy es la biblioteca municipal. Y, al parecer, John Quincy Adams durmió en todas partes. Pero no reivindicamos nuestros legítimos derechos sobre una de las poetas más famosas del siglo XX. He de admitir que no fue la poesía de Millay lo que me motivó a hacer el viaje. Cuando yo tenía veintitrés años, mi madre murió de forma inesperada y, en los meses posteriores, me destrozó darme cuenta de que, sin nuestras conversaciones, que siempre creí que jamás me faltarían, no tenía ni la más remota idea de cómo darle sentido a mi vida.

De manera inconsciente al principio y algo más deliberada al final, comencé el largo proceso de recrear nuestras conversaciones; no con otras mujeres reales vivas, que sólo podrían ser burdas imitaciones de la madre que había perdido, sino con mujeres reales muertas, a las que acercarme con sigilo y llegar a conocer poco a poco, a través de las obras que nos dejaron y las que otros escribieron sobre ellas.

Hasta el momento, contando a Edna Millay, había cinco mujeres así: la articulista Maeve Brennan, la columnista Neith Boyce, la novelista Edith Wharton y la socióloga visionaria Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Había llegado a considerarlas mis “despertadoras”, un término que tomé prestado de Wharton, quien lo usó en su autobiografía, Una mirada atrás, para describir los libros y pensadores que la guiaron en su formación intelectual. Claro que la mía fue una educación más sentimental… Conocí a cada despertadora en una época distinta del tránsito a la adulta que, ya era hora de reconocerlo, terminé siendo. Acababa de cumplir cuarenta. Le había dado mucha importancia a aquel cumpleaños.

Quienes hemos sorteado las salidas hacia el matrimonio y los hijos tendemos a manejarnos por la treintena como conductoras sin carné, adultas sin permiso. Algunos días es maravilloso (¡somos unas delincuentes de la hostia en ese viaje en coche robado que es la vida!); otros, eres una adolescente “talludita” que coge prestado el auto de su padre y reza por que la policía no le dé el alto. En el proceso, decidí adoptar la fe de la famosa teoría del desarrollo psicosocial de Erik Erikson, que sostiene que a los cuarenta años termina la “adultez temprana” y empieza la “adultez media”, y juré que cuando llegara ese día celebraría como es debido mi lugar en el mundo, sin importarme lo inquietante que me pareciera aceptar que ya no era joven. Mi amiga Alexandra y yo estuvimos seis meses planeando una fiesta en la playa para cuarenta personas, entre amigos comunes y familiares más cercanos, que se celebraría varios pueblos al sur de Newburyport el primer fin de semana de julio. Alexandra está casada y tiene dos hijos y, posiblemente por ello, abordó los preparativos (casi como para una boda) con más sangre fría que yo, que jamás había organizado un gran evento; en mi obsesión por ultimar hasta el detalle más ínfimo, el colmo llegó cuando traté de buscar el emblema perfecto.

Tenía que ser sencillo, decidí, y náutico (un ancla, un clíper, un cangrejo), pero también un símbolo, representativo de la transición, una puerta que se abre mientras otra se cierra (Jano), o tal vez a horcajadas entre dos mundos (un centauro, un minotauro), pero, por supuesto, femenino (una arpía no, ¿una valkiria?). Tardé tanto en llegar a lo evidente que mis preparativos finales fueron todavía más frenéticos. La víspera de la fiesta me empeñé en recortar una sirena en linóleo (una habilidad que había puesto en práctica por última vez siendo monitora en un campamento de la YWCA, el verano antes de la universidad), llené un cacharro de tinta negra y me puse a estampar su silueta sinuosa sobre cuarenta paños de cocina de algodón a rayas rojas, uno para cada invitado, mientras mi nuevo novio, S., iba pegando diligentemente sobre cajas de cerillas pegatinas caseras con la sirena, algo alarmado, como reconoció más tarde, al ser testigo de lo que ocurre cuando, como mi familia lleva años diciendo, se me mete algo entre ceja y ceja. El corazón me bullía. ¿No había soñado de pequeña con ser una sirena y, de pronto, ya lo era? Nunca antes me había sentido tan entre dos aguas: con un pie en la juventud y otro en la adultez media; enamorada, pero viviendo sola; en una realidad medio invisible, medio estadística*, ya que en el transcurso de mi propia vida las filas de mujeres (y hombres) sin casar habían crecido a una velocidad de récord y su cifra había convertido lo que cuando yo tenía veintipico se veía como un estado marginal en una realidad demográfica tan abrumadora que ya no era posible cuestionar nuestra existencia. A la mañana siguiente, Martha, una amiga de la infancia que se había reinventado como cocinera para banquetes, llegó con varios cubos llenos de langostas y almejas. Nuestra amiga Alison, anticuaria, cubrió las mesas que habíamos alquilado con manteles a cuadros blancos y negros y candelabros de plata. Al igual que yo, y como todas las invitadas a la fiesta menos una, las dos eran sirenas sin casar. Sin duda me estaba arrojando hacia una revelación contra viento y marea, pero salió bien. La noche estaba despejada y era cálida. Al observar a mi familia mezclarse con amigos de todas las etapas de mi vida, algunos a quienes conocían de siempre y otros a quienes no habían visto jamás, empecé a notar un cambio de percepción, una consciencia cada vez mayor de que poseía no sólo un futuro, sino también un pasado. Era una sensación casi física, como si todo aquello que hubiera pensado o hecho se hubiera bordado en la larga cola de un vestido que ahora se arrastraba tras de mí allá adonde yo fuera. Cuando miré hacia atrás para contemplar aquella proeza de magia sobre seda, allí estaban los espectros de mis cinco despertadoras, sujetándola en el aire. Hasta entonces no había considerado a aquellas cinco mujeres como grupo y, a lo largo de las semanas que siguieron a la fiesta, me di cuenta de que no podía dejar de hacerlo. La mayor había nacido en 1860; la más joven, en 1917. Una era irlandesa, pero todas habían pasado su vida adulta en Estados Unidos (al menos, el principio de la vida adulta; una salió pitando a Francia cuando tenía cuarenta y pico). Aunque todas eran escritoras de distinta índole, no habían hecho amistad entre ellas. Estas mujeres llevaban conmigo más de una década y aun seguían siendo sobre todo abstracciones, espectros confinados al santuario invisible que existe entre el lector y la página, como si no hubieran sido en algún momento personas reales que caminaron sobre esta misma tierra para bregar con sus propias y particularísimas circunstancias personales e históricas.

* Las estadísticas varían según la edad y son, por tanto, difíciles de determinar. En septiembre de 2014, la Oficina del Censo de Estados Unidos señaló que, en 2013, 105 millones de personas de 18 años o más nunca se habían casado, divorciado o enviudado y que el 53% eran mujeres. Ese mismo mes, la Oficina de Estadísticas del Departamento de Trabajo anunció que en agosto de 2014 había 124,6 millones de estadounidenses solteros, o el 50,2% de la población (frente al 37% de 1976), lo que permitió a los medios afirmar que el número de estadounidenses solteros supera ya al de casados, aunque hay que tener en cuenta que incluían a los de 16 años o más.

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You may not assign, resell, sub-license or otherwise transfer or delegate any of your rights or obligations hereunder, in whole or in part, without our prior written consent, which consent shall be at our own sole discretion and without obligation; any such assignment or transfer shall be null and void. We are free to assign any of its rights or obligations hereunder, in whole or in part, to any third party as part of the sale of all or substantially all of its assets or stock or as part of a merger.

Changes and amendments

We reserve the right to modify this Agreement or its terms related to the Services at any time at our discretion. When we do, we will revise the updated date at the bottom of this page, post a notification within the Services, send you an email to notify you. We may also provide notice to you in other ways at our discretion, such as through the contact information you have provided. An updated version of this Agreement will be effective immediately upon the posting of the revised Agreement unless otherwise specified. Your continued use of the Services after the effective date of the revised Agreement (or such other act specified at that time) will constitute your consent to those changes.

Acceptance of these terms

You acknowledge that you have read this Agreement and agree to all its terms and conditions. By accessing and using the Services you agree to be bound by this Agreement. If you do not agree to abide by the terms of this Agreement, you are not authorized to access or use the Services.

Contacting us

If you have any questions, concerns, or complaints regarding this Agreement, we encourage you to contact us using the details below:

info@ALMAMAGAZINE.com

This document was last updated on November 12, 2021

Disclaimer

This disclaimer (“Disclaimer”) sets forth the general guidelines, disclosures, and terms of your use of the BoatsGuideFlorida.com website (“Website”), “ALMA MAGAZINE” mobile application (“Mobile Application”) and any of their related products and services (collectively, “Services”). This Disclaimer is a legally binding agreement between you (“User”, “you” or “your”) and GHIDS MEDIA CORP (doing business as “ALMA MAGAZINE”, “we”, “us” or “our”). If you are entering into this agreement on behalf of a business or other legal entity, you represent that you have the authority to bind such entity to this agreement, in which case the terms “User”, “you” or “your” shall refer to such entity. If you do not have such authority, or if you do not agree with the terms of this agreement, you must not accept this agreement and may not access and use the Services. By accessing and using the Services, you acknowledge that you have read, understood, and agree to be bound by the terms of this Disclaimer. You acknowledge that this Disclaimer is a contract between you and ALMA MAGAZINE, even though it is electronic and is not physically signed by you, and it governs your use of the Services.

Representation

Any views or opinions represented on the Services are personal and belong solely to ALMA MAGAZINE and do not represent those of people, institutions or organizations that ALMA MAGAZINE may or may not be associated with in professional or personal capacity unless explicitly stated. Any views or opinions are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, or individual.

Content and postings

You may not modify, print or copy any part of the Services. Inclusion of any part of the Services in another work, whether in printed or electronic or another form or inclusion of any part of the Services on another resource by embedding, framing or otherwise without the express permission of ALMA MAGAZINE is prohibited.

Compensation and sponsorship

The Services may contain forms of advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation. On certain occasions ALMA MAGAZINE may be compensated to provide opinions on products, services, or various other topics. The compensation received may influence such opinions of the advertised content or topics available on the Services. Sponsored content and advertising space will always be identified as such. Some of the links on the Services may be affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase an item, ALMA MAGAZINE will receive an affiliate commission.

Indemnification and warranties

While we have made every attempt to ensure that the information contained on the Services is correct, ALMA MAGAZINE is not responsible for any errors or omissions, or for the results obtained from the use of this information. All information on the Services is provided “as is”, with no guarantee of completeness, accuracy, timeliness or of the results obtained from the use of this information, and without warranty of any kind, express or implied. In no event will ALMA MAGAZINE be liable to you or anyone else for any decision made or action taken in reliance on the information on the Services, or for any consequential, special or similar damages, even if advised of the possibility of such damages. Information on the Services is for general information purposes only and is not intended to provide any type of professional advice. Please seek professional assistance should you require it. Information contained on the Services are subject to change at any time and without warning.

Changes and amendments

We reserve the right to modify this Disclaimer or its terms related to the Services at any time at our discretion. When we do, we will revise the updated date at the bottom of this page, post a notification within the Services, send you an email to notify you. We may also provide notice to you in other ways at our discretion, such as through the contact information you have provided. An updated version of this Disclaimer will be effective immediately upon the posting of the revised Disclaimer unless otherwise specified. Your continued use of the Services after the effective date of the revised Disclaimer (or such other act specified at that time) will constitute your consent to those changes.

Acceptance of this disclaimer

You acknowledge that you have read this Disclaimer and agree to all its terms and conditions. By accessing and using the Services you agree to be bound by this Disclaimer. If you do not agree to abide by the terms of this Disclaimer, you are not authorized to access or use the Services.

Contacting us

If you have any questions, concerns, or complaints regarding this Disclaimer, we encourage you to contact us using the details below:

[email protected]

This document was last updated on March 12, 2022

Privacy Policy
This policy was last updated on March 21, 2022.
Introduction
This Privacy Policy applies to all of the products, services, and websites offered by Ghids Media Corporation and its subsidiaries or affiliated companies (collectively, “Ghids Media”). We provide this notice explaining our privacy practices and the choices you can make about how your information is collected and used by Ghids Media Corporation. Ghids Media has appointed a Data Protection Office to contact if you have any questions or concerns. The Data Protection Office contact information is as follows: Data Protection Office  Ghids Media Corporation  11007 Griffing Blvd. Miami, FL33161  [email protected]
An overview of the information we may collect.
You can take advantage of many Bonnier products, services, and websites without providing any information that personally identifies you by name, address, or other personally-identifying information. We only collect personally-identifying information when you voluntarily submit it to us. Sometimes, we need personally-identifying information to provide you with the products and services you request. Depending upon the product or service, we may ask you for various personally-identifying information. This might include, for example, your name, address, email address, telephone number, gender, and birth date. We may also ask for other information about you, such as your credit card information (when making a purchase), interests, income, or education level. We consider certain identifying information “sensitive.” This includes your credit card number, income level, or other information usually regarded as confidential. Some personal information will never be requested or collected, such as information on your race or ethnic origin, political opinions, trade union memberships, religious beliefs, health, sex life, or sexual orientation. You may choose not to provide us with any personally-identifying information. In that case, you can still access and use many portions of our websites; however, you will not be able to access and use those portions of any Bonnier website that require your personal information. Many Ghids Media websites include community features, such as online forums and message boards. The information posted in these areas becomes public information, and any third party’s use of this information is beyond our control. If you elect to submit content that includes information that can be used to identify you, you must assume that the content can and will be displayed on any website on the Internet. Our properties may feature measurement software, which will allow you to contribute to market research. We allow third-party companies to serve ads and/or collect certain information when you visit our website and directly in emails/communications. These companies may use information you have shared (e.g., click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over, email address) during your visits to this and other Web sites to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you. Our partners use this information to recognize you across different channels and platforms over time for advertising, analytics, attribution, and reporting purposes; any information collected is stored in hashed or non-human-readable form. These companies typically use a cookie or third party web beacon to collect this information. Ghids Media websites sometimes may offer contests, sweepstakes, or promotions sponsored by or co-sponsored with identified third parties. Under their sponsorship, these third parties may obtain personally-identifying information that visitors voluntarily submit to them to participate in the contest, sweepstakes, or promotion. B Ghids Media has no control over the third-party sponsors’ use of this information. If a third-party sponsor beyond our control will obtain information that you supply us, we will notify you when we collect the information from you. For specific promotions, only those who provide us with the requested personally-identifying information will be able to order products, programs, and services or otherwise participate in the promotion’s activities and offerings. Some of our websites contain links to other sites. By clicking on these links, you will leave the website operated by Ghids Media and this Privacy Policy will no longer apply. These other sites’ information practices may be different than ours. You should consult the other sites’ privacy notices, as we have no control over information submitted to or collected by these third parties.
How we use the information we collect
We use the personally-identifying information you provide us to fulfill your requests for our products, programs, and services, respond to your inquiries about offerings, and offer you other products, programs, or services that we believe may be of interest to you. We sometimes use this information to communicate with you, such as to notify you when you have won one of our contests, make changes to subscriber agreements, fulfill a request by you for an online newsletter, or contact you about your account with us. We do not use your personal information to make automated decisions. We may syndicate the publicly available content of our community areas to unaffiliated third-party websites using RSS or other technologies. The information you have shared in the community areas may be included in this syndication. We will use the personally-identifying information that you provide about others in order to provide the products or services that you have requested; for example, to enable us to send them your gifts or cards. If you provide us someone else’s personally-identifying information for referral purposes, we may use that information to invite them to visit our websites or to provide them information about our products or services. If you provide us with your email and/or postal address, we may include that address in email and/or postal address lists that we sell, trade, or rent to third parties. These lists will never contain sensitive information. If you do not wish for your email or postal address to be shared with companies not owned by Bonnier who want to market products or services to you, you have the opportunity to opt out, as described below. You may also opt out of the receipt of any marketing materials from Ghids Media as described below. We may transfer your sensitive personally-identifying information to other Bonnier offices for internal management and administrative purposes. In addition, your personal data will be transferred to other Bonnier offices where necessary for the performance or conclusion of our contractual obligations to you or for your benefit. Transfers of personally-identifying information may also be made where necessary for the establishment, exercise, or defense of legal claims. We do not transfer personal information internationally. Ghids Media will only share your sensitive personal information with outside companies or individuals in any of the following limited circumstances:
  • When we use trusted businesses or persons to process personal information on our behalf. Before sharing any personal information with outside parties, we require that these parties agree to process such information based on our instructions and in compliance with this Privacy Policy and any other appropriate confidentiality and security measures.
  • When we have a good faith belief that access, use, preservation, or disclosure is necessary to:
  1. comply with applicable law, regulation, or legal process;
  2. enforce the applicable Terms of Service or other agreements and policies on the Company’s Websites;
  3. detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security, or technical issues; or
  4. protect against imminent harm to the rights, property, or safety or Ghids Media, its users, or the public as required or permitted by law.
  • When you consent. Before we share your sensitive personal information outside of the previously listed circumstances, we will ask you for permission first. Please note that this only applies to sensitive information, as defined above.
We may also use, transfer, sell, and share aggregated, anonymous data about our users for any legal purpose, such as analyzing usage trends and seeking compatible advertisers and partners. In no event will this aggregated data contain any information that could be used to identify individual users of our products or services.
How we protect the safety and integrity of the information we collect
We take appropriate physical, electronic, and procedural measures to safeguard and protect your personal information. We use a variety of security measures, including encryption and authentication, to maintain the confidentiality of your personal information. We store your personal information on systems behind firewalls that are only accessible to a limited number of persons, each of whom is required to keep the information confidential. We also take appropriate measures to secure the transmission of sensitive personal information from your computer to the Company’s computers. When you transmit sensitive personal information to us, like credit card information, we offer the use of a secure connection to our servers. To the extent you select the secure connection method or your browser supports such functionality, all credit card account information that you supply is transmitted via secure encryption technology. Regardless of these measures, no system connected to the Internet or data transmission sent over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. We will provide notice if we become aware of any security breach that may affect any sensitive personal information pertaining to you that we have stored on our systems. Ghids Media only collects personal information that is relevant to the purposes for which it will be used. Though we do take appropriate steps to review and update the information that we store to ensure that it is accurate, complete, and current, we also depend on you to update or correct your personal information when necessary. To protect your privacy and security, we will take reasonable steps to help verify your identity before granting access or making corrections. We will decline to process requests where we cannot verify the identity of the requester. We may also decline to process req