BRACK: Exploitation by either sex of the other cannot be tolerated

By Elliott Brack, editor and publisher  |  The recent revelations of sexual harassment of women by men is not going away. In fact, it seems to be continually growing, with new revelations coming out nearly every day now. And it may have changed politics, after the vote in Alabama.

This is good. For ages, men have hit on women, with the “weaker sex” seldom speaking out and mostly quietly accepting it, unfortunately. While this type of aggravation we feel has been mostly by men inflicted on women, there are also instances when the reverse is true. Neither is acceptable in modern society.

We’re pleased to see women of the world exposing men who exploit them badly in insulting ways.

These days women are more empowered than ever before, and they are saying almost in a unified voice, “We’re not taking this anymore.”  (We hope male victims will also “come out” against abusive women, though we doubt it will be as impactful as the woman’s voice.)

What emerged recently in the entertainment industry now is coming on strong in politics and in business. No doubt we’ll also see more of this abuse reported in other segments of society. We are now seeing mistreatment being charged in the highest elected offices of the land, including the presidency.

It was surprising last week that the United Nations ambassador, Nikki Haley of South Carolina, spoke out so eloquently on this subject. With her an appointee of President Trump, you wonder if Ambassador Haley speaking so strongly on this subject will cause her to be removed from her post.

While at least six members of Congress have fallen because of sexual abuse of women, many, many more (one report was that it was 40 more in Congress) have incidents in their past that could cause them to quit the Congress.  If other members have been abusive, who’s to say that enough victims will come forward to bring down the political careers of other elected officials? And yes, this could drastically affect the political make-up of Congress.

And why shouldn’t they fall if they have committed these acts?  After all, these are the people we have elected to be the leaders of our nation, and if any of them are guilty, we should not have them in such high offices.

Now even a federal appeals judge in California has been put in the limelight for making inappropriate comments to female clerks and showing them pornography on his office computer. Who’s to say that more judges will not be implicated in this human relations question?

Think of the many other professions where the question of impropriety among men toward women has always been whispered.  We think of confidential arrangement relationships (doctor-patient; attorney-client, patient-counselor, professor-student). Will these arrangements be implicated?

The relationships between men and women have mostly given men the upper hand. How many times has the average man treated female colleagues in a high-handed way that has  bordered on harassment, even though it may not have been intended that way, or the man not realized it? Perhaps men may not have meant such treatment as a matter of harassment, though the women may have thought otherwise.

Here in the 21st century, life is changing in ways we have not known before. Women are becoming more alert to discrimination, and are now not standing for such harassment.

That is as it should be.  Keep speaking up, women of the world (or men too) who are abused. Every thinking person will understand this, and refrain from such mistreatment.  Every elected official charged with incriminating evidence should be driven out of office. Women will demand it.

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