Wednesday, November 29, 2017

How Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis Would Deal With Sexual Misconduct

No person in the media that engages in sexual misconduct, no person in the media that entertains proposals to engage in sexual misconduct, no person in the media that sits in a conference with a bunch of sexual miscreants and where the ways and means of sexual misconduct are discussed, and does not promptly tell his employer about it, will ever again work in the media.

Ditto for persons in elected and appointed offices of public trust.

Ditto for persons in higher education.

1 comment :

Brian Villanueva said...

Alvin, the problem is in defining "misconduct." Allow me to give some examples and see if you and your readers agree:

1) Grabbing a woman's backside. (OK, should obvious)

2) Unintentionally glancing down a woman's blouse when she bends over at a meeting.

3) Sharing a prurient joke privately with another male.

4) Holding a door for a woman employee.

5) Making a comment that you like the movie McClintock or I Love Lucy.

6) Mentioning that your wife stays home with the kids.

7) Suggesting that we should lighten up on sexual harassment training.

Most men would say that only #1, maybe #2 and #3 are sexual harassment. To a militant, post-modern, feminist though, all of these qualify. Here's how (in their logic):

1) Assault.

2) Objectification.

3) Promotion of the patriarchy.

4) Implying that the woman is inferior.

5) Those movies support traditional gender roles.

6) Implies that career women are bad mothers.

7) Just look what happened to James Damore at Google.


Zero-tolerance policies in any area are often bad ideas, but in a field this subjective, it is totally unworkable. Why would I ever invest myself in an organization that I knew would fire me in a moment if a woman even suggested I looked at her wrong?