Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Line

An interesting article from Slate on whether a line exists between normal societal behavior and harassment, and if so, where.


Tabor said...

Sorry, but I do not see this as rocket science. If a supervisor is attracted to a subordinate colleague, this is dangerous ground and he needs to really decide how he wants to proceed. Even if the subordinate colleague is receptive, this is throwing some nasty politics into staff relations in the company. This is why there are dating rules in some companies. I am not saying they should not date or he should not ask the subordinate out on a date, I am saying this is something that has to be done with very careful thought. All else is just plain common sense. It is not a minefield, just be polite! If someone feels they have been accused unfairly or with malice, we have committees, courts of law, etc. They work MOST of the time. Not always, but that is the way it is. Minorities know how these things do not always work. Guys in power get stung about 3% unfairly according to one talking head. We do not know how often women lose their careers due to "non-compliance."

Cerulean Bill said...

I don't listen to talking heads.

I think the vast majority of people who could be charged DO have to admit the reasonability of those charges. But not all - and ALL seems to be what some folks are going for. Got a penis? Yeah, you're guilty. Suddenly, Mike Pence's attitude toward being alone with a woman doesn't seem so bizarre.

Problem with THAT line of logic is, you end up defending people who, like Weinstein, are indefensible.