Can Gay Men Sexually Harass Straight Women?
Here’s a question: Can gay men sexually harass straight women? We’re aware of three instances in which gay men have felt it appropriate to fondle women without their permission and justified their behavior because they’re homosexual. Dwight Eubanks, the “sixth housewife,” was a major player on last week’s episode of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” but one thing I noticed about him was that he feels up every woman he meets. He grabs and jiggles breasts, runs his hands up and down legs and thighs, and inspects faces. (Watch the video above starting at 4:10 for a taste of his inappropriateness.) We also came across a story about a “Facebook firing,” in which a female employee laments her job and “pervvy wanker” boss via her Facebook status. Unfortunately, the woman forgot she’d accepted her boss as a friend. The boss seems to rationalize, before terminating her, that his behavior toward her couldn’t possibly have been inappropriate because he’s gay.
Then, we remembered a shining moment in entertainment history, when Isaac Mizrahi groped both Scarlett Johansson and Teri Hatcher as he played red carpet host at the 2006 Golden Globes. Isaac, like the other men I’ve mentioned, had the idea that touching a woman inappropriately was OK because he didn’t actually desire her sexually.
So we wonder, is it still sexual harassment if a gay man gropes a straight woman? We know what these men would say, but what do you think?