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The Politics of Sexual Harassment
Nov 6 , 2014
Category: lifestyle

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?


Tags: MP Scott Andrews /  MP Massimo Pacetti /  VOCM /  Claudette Barnes /  Sexual Harrassment / 

Comments (total comments:6)
Rod fowler :

the worst of crimes is to assault somebody sexual assault is intolerable. rape is most serious . deal with these crimes in a most serious way. human nature seems to place the male as the pursuer and the female the pray that's just life. to be offended with comments is understandable but not a crime.if offending comments are continued toward an individual who has made it clear they find these comments offensive , then
in this case it must stop immediately . to continue with offensive comments or actions could be reason to report it to the law. both parties should be protected from wrongdoing

Posted: 11/21/2014 1:52:05 PM
Tyson the liberal :

it should never be such thing in politics shame on the one that start it in the first place.

Posted: 11/13/2014 8:47:53 PM
Al :

some people have a tendency to flirt a lot.other''s such as myself are just not into it.these days many people don''t appreciate sexual jokes at work and we should just avoid it.however there is nothing wrong with sincere compliments about hairstyle''s and so on.i simply feel that most people respect sincere''s the frequent frivolous attempt''s at sexual humour that many people find irritating.

Posted: 11/10/2014 6:16:05 PM
Joey :

joey is not wrong. joey never wrong. grrrrrr!

Posted: 11/10/2014 10:10:45 AM
Canadafirstaid :

joey is wrong. it can be a once only deal and even minor in nature. unlike in the past - harassment of any kind i.e. sexual or otherwise is just wrong and not welcome in today''s workplace. and that is the law. cfa

Posted: 11/8/2014 8:44:15 AM
Joey :

i think wikipedia says it best:

"where laws surrounding sexual harassment exist, they generally do not prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or minor isolated incidents. in the workplace, harassment may be considered illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or when it results in an adverse employment decision (such as the victim being fired or demoted, or when the victim decides to quit the job)."

Posted: 11/7/2014 9:10:51 AM

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