Harassment never acceptable
To the Editor;
As a baby boomer, I remember parents saying that proper social discourse should not include topics of sex, religion or politics. So much for that in today’s news coverage invading our homes daily.
The relationship of women to men in our society needs to be discussed because apparently the social cues are either ignored, misunderstood or avoided. One would hope that “stop it” or “no” would be sufficient to end any harassment or abuse.
Women need to assert their limits and boundary issues more effectively. And men need to heed the efforts of a woman to stop crude, rude and abusive behavior. And women need to learn how men react to certain behaviors that seem to press the “maybe” button.
Let’s hope that the recent cleansings of bad male behavior also promote women’s awareness of their possible ambivalent cues. And let us remember that unwanted intimacies between a person with power, such as a boss, and a subordinate, such as a worker, dependent on that person with power is never acceptable.