Sexual harrassment

Al Franken is accused of groping breasts of multiple women.

Matt Lauer is accused of sending a sex toy to a female co-worker and explaining to her in detail how he wanted her to use it.  Of taking his penis out of his pants in front of a female co-worker.  Of having, for God’s sake, a button on the underside of his office desk, that he could push and have his door lock instantly without him getting up, so he could do whatever he wanted without fear of being interrupted.

The list goes on and on.

These are men who use their fame and status to abuse women.

It’s not the same as a couple of people semi-innocently flirting.

Not the same at all.

I don’t get how people don’t get that.

I get how men, especially, get in a position of power, and think they are above reproach.  That any human being, especially a female, should be lucky to have them interested in them.  Who frankly are lucky to breathe the same air as these men.  Clearly, it happens frequently.  More frequently in those circles than we wanted to know about.  I truly believe it’s mostly the result of such an extreme inequality in power.  They know/knew it was a he said/she said thing, and they were the powerful moguls; who would dare challenge them?  So they got away with it.

Hell, it’s still going on in the White House.  That Man has had 16 public complaints about him, and nothing.  Call him Teflon Man, because nothing (so far) is sticking.

But don’t call this political correctedness.  This is correcting bad situations that never should’ve happened in the first place.  To call this political correctedness is another, latent/passive form of victim-shaming.  There is SUCH a huge difference between these acts, and political correctedness…I can’t even…

Now I need to step away for a bit.  This just pisses me off to no end.

2 thoughts on “Sexual harrassment

  1. Jean R.

    The more than comes about about Matt the more shocked I am. I never would have guessed that of him. The company knew, though, one woman passed out in his office and woman had complained! On the button, though, I heard that is common with lot of executives who have them in case a conversation turns serious.

    I still don't think Al Franken is in the same ballpark. A 5th woman came out this morning claiming he groped her during a photo and at the time she debated in her head if it was an accident or not. To me, if you don't know then keep your mouth shut.

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  2. Silver Willow

    Here is the account: “Kemplin said while she was stationed in the Middle East during the Iraq War, she met Franken — at the time, a comedian and writer — as he was visiting American troops with the USO. A longtime fan of “Saturday Night Live,” Kemplin got in line to take a photo with Franken.

    “When he put his arm around me, he groped my right breast. He kept his hand all the way over on my breast,” Kemplin said in an interview. “I've never had a man put their arm around me and then cup my breast. So he was holding my breast on the side.”

    Kemplin repeatedly used the word “embarrassed” to describe her immediate reaction at the time.

    “I remember clenching up and how you just feel yourself flushed,” she said. “And I remember thinking — is he going to move his hand? Was it an accident? Was he going to move his hand? He never moved his hand.”

    She added: “It was long enough that he should have known if it was an accident. I'm very confident saying that.”

    http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/national/fifth-woman-comes-forward-with-accusations-against-al-franken?page=2

    Seems to me the woman shouldn't have 'kept her mouth shut.' She sadly had to live with this for years. How and why is this kind of behavior okay? Ever?

    Sorry, I will never get the keep your mouth shut mentality. That's how predators get to the point for this bull shit activity to continue forever. WE LET THEM.

    And re the button in the office for conversations that turn serious? Please. I've worked for high-powered CEO's; no one opens a door without knocking first at that level. That's a given.

    I'm done. I.just.can't.

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