Shame-leave is an effective coinage, so much so it's been put on the 2018 Word of the Year radar.
First, it joins a number of existing phrases for permitted absences (the noun leave in this sense dates back to Old English, with #leave
of absence recorded in the 18th century). These include annual leave, #maternity
leave, $parental leave, and #sick
leave. Second, its use of shame is very forceful: shame-leave does not shy away from the fact that serious #allegations
lost him #face
, and standing. And yet third, Rosner’s shame-leave also sounds an #ironic
note, implying #maleprivilege
undergo a perfunctory #shame
-leave and return, essentially without consequence.