I'm a bit dismayed by this new-found voice of women, because I thought we settled that half a century ago. How did the next generation forget to protest when they were treated badly? I don't mean the juveniles; I mean the adult women in congress, the adult women that may have had unwanted kisses forced upon them or unwanted hands grabbing at them.
Ms. Gillebrandt doesn't think we should be spending time right now defining kinds of sexual abuse, but I do. There is a great big difference between someone who occasionally grabs a woman in a drunken hug and someone who deliberately stalks a mall and tracks down a student and phones her in her school. We are a country of laws. We should be able to distinguish nuisances from crimes, and we should be able to tell a man to stop that right now, and have them listen.
I understand the difference between sexual advances toward adults, and the same actions toward juveniles or toward subordinates that may feel pressured. That's another distinction that a civilized society should make. But if the actions of an abuser are not made known to a personnel office or an ethics committee, there's no warning to keep it from happening again. Congress should be able to police itself, such that any complaint would be bumped up to the appropriate office AND THE OFFENDER SHOULD GET AN OFFICIAL REPRIMAND. I feel in most cases that would have been sufficient to stop it cold. If an abuser has no official complaints, he may feel entitled to try again, and THAT should have been stopped the first time.
Come on, women, we went through all that hard work in the sixties for you. Raise your head high and raise your voice higher still. If necessary, say loudly (not caring who hears) "Mr. ______, take your hands off my ass!"