The Politics of Sexual Harassment
Nov 6 , 2014
Whether or not Avalon MP Scott Andrews & Montreal MP Massimo Pacetti have committed sexual harassment, the allegations will be just as attached to their name as any other word that tends to define a person like “politician” “father” or “husband”. It’s like trying to make ink disappear with an eraser; sure with enough abrasion, the ink will seemingly disappear... but we are still aware of its presence.
There are many degrees, if you will, of sexual harassment, ranging from a cat call or an off-color joke to sexual assault or rape..and that is why until we become privy to the nature of these allegations, one should reserve judgement.
Then again, nor should one judge the complainants:
Take former White House Intern Monica Lewinski as an example. In her recent public speech at the Forbes Under 30 Summit, she spoke about how she was victimized in various ways which included name calling like “slut” or “wh!re”.
She went on to say that people who share with her their experiences often qualify what they say:“Oh, it was a nightmare for me but of course nothing compared to what happened to you.”
Her response was profound:
“What I say to them is, if I drowned in 60 feet of water, and you in 30, is there really a difference? We both drowned.”
In your view, what should or shouldn’t constitute sexual harassment in the workplace?
MP Scott Andrews /
MP Massimo Pacetti /
Claudette Barnes /
Sexual Harrassment /