Mitchell: Is sexual harassment more Democratic or Republican? (column)
March 8, 2018
With as touchy a subject as sexual harassment, I've been prewarned by peers that any article written will never be a win-win for the author. My motivation then centered on related cause-and-effect subjects, to assist me in my quest to mitigate my demise.
Those subjects appear in chronological order of the research I embarked upon:
• DNC versus GOP affinity for male versus female molestation without consent
• Hollywood likelihood
• Wife culpability may lead to profitability
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I Googled curiously: "Is sexual harassment more Democratic or Republican?" I thought, maybe everyone knows and isn't telling me, so I better operate from a position of certainty. The results were conflicting, not telling the story I imagined.
Democrats are liberal and to most seem to represent the "anything-goes" ethic. Republicans are mostly churchgoers, supported by evangelicals, conservative. Not the basis for any assumption, but Vox News' Dara Lind claimed that John Conyers, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Judicial House Committee, paid an intern $29,000 to be quiet. She also noted that Nancy Pelosi didn't want him (African American) fired, so as to avoid blowback from the Congressional Black Caucus. Politics thus prevailed.
Sure, Al Franken, Gary Hart, Matt Lauer, Harvey Weinstein and other lefties are guilty … just as much as our president likely is. Blue and Red coexist in this moral cesspool, but bad actors appear to lose jobs and money; politicians, for the most part, can hibernate for a while.
Imagine this scenario: Pick your favorite actress. Time may unravel details of a couch-scene with Weinstein, propelling her in the yesteryear to stardom, and lips are sealed. (Yes, I could have played with that.) Conscience aside, does this starlet sleep at night with the question, "Would I have made it anyway?"
And the wives, Mrs. Lauer, et al, who were devastated upon hearing the news on CNN? Were they aware and were tight-lipped to preserve his career, or planned someday to use the affair as leverage for a bigger settlement? (Definition of a pessimist is an optimist with experience.) Was here anything these wives could have done to keep their husbands from straying? We'll never know, even if we wanted to, which I don't.
No one speaks about the other victims, the kids. (Refer, sadly: the deceased son of Eric Bolling.) Lauer's kids at school, being teased. Mom's interesting girls' nights out and the inevitable questions for the new gazillionaire.
1. All female and gay anchorpeople.
2. Mandatory, crippling prenuptials for Hollywood producers and their wives.
3. Body cameras for all politicians, just like our men/women in blue.
4. Daily lie detectors for restaurant staff managers.
Pat Mitchell is an Avon resident.
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