Mind & Body
WTF is sexual harassment?
Sexual harassment can be defined into unwelcome sexual advances, or requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.
Voluntary intoxication is not a defense to sexual harassment or assault, because the law does not think much of the argument that people are free to break the law so long as they are drunk when they do it.
Everything in life is part of how the human brain works. If a man pictures a barely nude women in his mind or live at some festival events, his reproductive male natural behavior will kick in thanks to a boost of testosterone. Human, like animals can only survive if the reproductive genes are working in a proper way. Without reproduction life simply cease to exist.
Although feminists are known to carry a different approach to the matter, any men’s behavior which uses his eyes to properly scan his environment can be judged as a sexual incentive or even as a blindsided approach. Women in general dress in a certain way and use mascara to attract others in order to feel good. Attention has always been a favorable motivation for any living soul.
But nowadays a lot of Western women dress as prostitutes to get their attention, and when approached by a healthy man the law might judge this as sexual malfunction. But men pursue women and women dress to be pursued!
How about the defense that is most frequently used to normalize harassment. These women’s stories of being groped and propositioned aren’t unnerving so much as they are “lame examples of harassment.” In all fairness, shades of gray do occasionally exist, and no one should be judged prematurely.
There are many things that women might wish were against the law but are not, too. I consider it harassment when I’m whistled at, told to smile, or offered sexually suggestive comments while walking down the street. Each makes certain women feel unsafe. Legally, however, I have no defense.
“‘Hostile work environment’ harassment is just like it sounds. It’s “when the work environment is so sexually charged that it becomes hostile to a reasonable man or woman.” Of course, to victims of harassment, whether the harassment is technically legal or not isn’t really the point. “Anyone who defends abusive and harassing behavior by claiming it doesn’t violate the law should consider why their bar is set so low.
Harassing behavior, whether it fits within a context anticipated by employment law or not, is incredibly harmful. It threatens physical and mental health. It depletes cognitive energy. It stalls career growth. It reinforces stereotypes, and perpetuates social inequality. If anyone that wants to argue this should know what it is they’re defending.
Often people who defend harassing behavior do so because they have engaged in such behavior themselves. Or they defend individuals accused of this behavior because they believe them to be generally ‘good people.’ Or, as a rule, they just don’t believe women.”
Some have a financial incentive to question the people who come forward with stories about their harassment. Unfortunately, it looks like we still need to spell out what constitutes a bad actor to some who either don’t know or don’t wish to know that someone who they admired might not be the “good guy” they thought all along.
Crickey Conservation Society News 2-17.