Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Off Topic Tuesday: Herman Cain (and Stuff)
Whether Herman Cain is guilty of sexual harassment or not I don’t know (and neither does anyone else but him and the women involved). What I do know is that I have a real problem with men being accused of sexual harassment. Why is that you ask? Because I’ve seen it my whole life; attractive guy hits on a woman and it’s flirting. Unattractive guy hits on a woman and it’s “sexual harassment”. Too often it is the sort of accusation that can never be really proven but is used by disgruntled employees to get an easy cash settlement out of their boss who doesn’t want to go to court and be labeled a pervert for the rest of his life. What little I’ve heard about the actual accusations against Cain also don’t make me inclined to think this case was genuine. If calling someone “sugar” or “honey” is sexual harassment then I have sexually harassed a lot of women and I have been sexually harassed by a lot of women. Heck, I have a first cousin who has been called ‘Sugs’ (pronounced “Shugs”) for her entire life -short for ‘Sugar’- because our Grandpa couldn’t pronounce her real name! There was nothing “sexual” about that, my Grandpa gave almost everyone a nickname; some because he had trouble with their real names and others because, he was an old man, he a lot of grandkids, nieces and nephews (some of whom had the same name) and it was easier for him to remember.
Of course, the days of that sort of thinking are long gone. Women have won the right to have a job, go to work in a miniskirt and skin-tight blouse with no underwear and then sue any guy who stares at her for sexual harassment. We also have a media bias in this country that is so obvious at this point it is practically funny. Bill Clinton had allegations of sexual harassment, groping and even rape under his belt (so to speak) and was elected President. Then, once in power, he was caught turning the Oval Office into the “Oral Office” and still served two terms and left with a higher popularity rating than when he went in. Anonymous sources claim Herman Cain sexually harassed them more than a decade ago and it is all you hear about on the news for weeks. You might as well laugh about it.