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Subj: I Think That We Have To Take A Few Things Into Account, And More Importantly distinguish
Posted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 at 06:24:22 pm CST (Viewed 558 times)
Reply Subj: Disinfecting society of sexual abuse is going to be painful...
Posted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 at 10:50:10 am CST (Viewed 556 times)

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Many people we thought we knew and respected will be -- and have been -- caught in the avalanche of substantiated allegations. I think we've only seen the tip of the iceberg, and it's going to get worse before it gets better.

Society needs to undergo this transition and transformation. If those in power thought there would be consequences for their behavior -- if there hadn't been tacit and unspoken permission for this behavior -- it may not have occurred in the first place. Now that these consequences have been laid bare, I hope it will usher in a new era of workplace safety.

One thing is clear is that sexual abuse and aggression has no ideological, political or cultural boundaries. The bi-partisan condemnation of this behavior is encouraging, if late -- on both sides of the aisle.

Between true sexual abuse and harassment, and just women getting offended or feeling uncomfortable. There is true sexual harassment out there (And men can get harassed as well.), but sometimes it can be very vague. Pretty much anyone can be brought up or accused. I remember there was a time at my old job where the bus driver came in and said something like "Women can't cook , or cook as well as men.". A guy was cooking at that time, I think that he might have been joking, but then a female worker heard it, got offended, and accused him of sexual harassment. So sometimes (Or maybe even more than sometimes.) that happens, and sometimes it's just a case of women being offended or made uncomfortable by simple guy talk or male behavior. Heck, sometimes even harmless flirting can fall into this. So, I think that this can be a good thing if it gets us to really narrow this down, and at the same time, weed out the true harassers.

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