The list of #menbehavingbadly continues to grow. The latest is news icon Charlie Rose who, it seems, had a thing about not wearing pants around his female coworkers, and apparently showing his female staff explicitly sexual movie clips. Every few days, there are new stories about men in positions of power and influence treating women in despicable ways, ranging from the creepy to the outright criminal. The reveal of new allegations seems to have become part of our daily routine.
The cases have all been American so far, but I figure it is only a matter of time before a Canadian scandal hits the headlines. If you are doing the math, it is inevitable.
Many men, it seems, are baffled. I’m not talking about the men who are genuinely shocked at the scope of the problem. I am talking about the men who don’t understand why they shouldn’t catcall women, or grab them at the office, or not wear their pants. (Seriously, Charlie? Wearing clothes around your co-workers is not exactly a taxing professional requirement. At what point, exactly, did that seem like it was OK?)
So as a public service, the Grant Rant blog is publishing this handy guide for men (particularly those MRA, “red pill,” insecure types crying “Men can’t even ask women on a date anymore!” You can, dullstone, you just can’t harass them) who, for reasons that frankly baffle me, are unclear on the issue. Feel free to print this and keep it in your wallet should you ever think that now is the time to harass a woman:
THE GRANT RANT HANDY GUIDE TO SEXUALLY HARASSING WOMEN
Wear pants and don’t be a seedy creepy creep.
DON’T!! EVER!!! What is the matter with you?
2 thoughts on “Grant Rant’s handy sexual harassment guide for men”
Clever. Funny. But disappointing.
I was looking forward to reading an excellent guide to respectful behaviour by men. And who better to write it than you.
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I understand Miriam. And perhaps I may write that at some point.
However, I don’t think being a decent human being requires an actual guide. Treating other people with respect, not harassing them, not using them as an object for one’s darker needs, is not something that can be fixed with a guidebook. Men who make arguments to excuse or defend harassment deserve a little bit of mockery, I think. To enage their arguments is to give them a degree of credibility they do not deserve.