I had my WTF moment the other but had a problem putting it in a larger context. Well, today there is an article (ht, Insty) about sexual harassment and separate standards defining sexual harassment. I think that the latest definition of sexual harassment is "when one employee makes continued, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, to another employee, against his or her wishes." I think back in the day it used to be when a supervisor kept making the moves and the employee, for fear of losing their job or some other retribution, felt that they had to comply. But now they have women talking about men's packages (and not meaning the size of their wallets) and in general behaving in a way that would get a man fired, but since they're women, it's okay. But it's NOT okay and it's just a symptom of the double standards permeating our society. As examples:
Whites can be racist, no other race can be.
Women can make sexual comments and innuendos towards and about men; men cannot reciprocate (or be accused of reciprocating) without getting reprimanded or fired.
Building a mosque at a site of an atrocity perpetuated by Muslims is 'building bridges'; putting a gay bar for muslims next door to that mosque is not "considering the sensibilities of Muslims" and so won't build dialogue.
I've got a blogpost on divide and rule building in the back of my head that will bring all of this together but am trying to find a particular quote. More later.
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