As my 68-year-old, Fox News-watching, Republican-voting father tells it, once upon a time you could compliment a woman in the workplace. You were allowed say “nice dress” or “you look nice today” and it was not a big deal. Everyone would smile pleasantly and go back to clacking on their typewriters. Then the ’70s came along. Hairy-pitted fists were raised and all of a sudden you were afraid to say “nice earrings” out of fear you’d be thrown in the pokey. Or, as the tone of his voice insinuated, you’d be accused of “sexual harassment.”
I wish I were exaggerating this narrative, but I am not: it’s a real conversation I had with my dad last weekend when we chatted about the accusations against Herman Cain. I also wish that the New York Times op-ed written by Katie Roiphe had not misrepresented sexual harassment as boneheaded-ly as my nearly-septugenarian father does. But, sadly, that really happened also. Keep reading »
Poor Herman Cain just can’t catch a break, can he? Why, he can’t even make a joke about Anita Hill without those screeching harpies telling him it’s inappropriate to joke about sexual harassment when you’ve been publicly accused of sexual harassment yourself! Just because at least five women have accused the wannabe GOP presidential candidate of getting handsy doesn’t mean he still can’t crack jokes about getting an endorsement from Anita Hill, the professor who famously accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings. What a victim! Keep reading »
Yesterday we learned, courtesy of a New York Post columnist, that Herman Cain‘s sexual harassment accuser Sharon Bialek is too pretty to be credible as a victim because she must have been “asking for it.” I mean, she was wearing lipstick at her press conference, the hussy!
Today we learn, courtesy of a web site called Herman Cain PAC , that another sexual harassment accuser, newly identified on Tuesday as government official Karen Kraushaar, is too ugly to be a victim. She’s an “ugly bitch,” in fact, and a photograph of the competitive equestrian posing with a horse required the caption, “Just to be clear, Karen Kraushaar is the one on the left.” Keep reading »
HarassMint Chocolate Chip with Fondled Fudge Chunks and Assaulted Peanuts? Oh, Herman Cain, you had this coming. Even if it is a spoof. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »
A fifth woman has accused Herman Cain, that charming roué, of sexual harassment. Donna Donella, 40, of Arlington, Virginia, said Cain tried to get her to set him up with an Egyptian businesswoman and when she refused, he asked her out to dinner. She refused that, too. (I mean, who wants to be a guy’s second choice, amiright?) Keep reading »
Last week, we were kvelling about Shyane DeJesus, a 22-year-old college student in New York City who fought back when she was groped by a man while waiting for a subway. And she didn’t let the guy who lifted up her dress and slid his hand under her skirt get away when a train arrived: she followed him on the train, punched and kicked him, and shoved her Blackberry in his face to snap pictures. “I’m glad I fought back. I’m going to defend myself,” she told the New York Post. “I want him on the list for sex offenders.”
Well, it seems like Shyane DeJesus might just get her wish. The alleged subway groper, Froylan Andrade, 39, was arrested on Sunday after he was turned in by his brother. Keep reading »
This afternoon, Sharon Bialek, the fourth woman accusing GOP presidential nomination wannabe Herman Cain of sexual harassment, held a press conference in New York to describe how she met with him about getting a job and he reached his hand under her skirt. Bialek said in July 1997, she met with Cain, then the president of the National Restaurant Association, after getting her old job back. She claims Cain allegedly reached under her skirt for her genitals and pushed her head towards his crotch. When she asked what he was doing, Cain reportedly said, “You want a job, right?” Keep reading »
We get some weird email here at The Frisky and the weirdest one I’ve received today is definitely the main item from yesterday’s Today’s Lady News column … animated. Yes, someone animated the news item about 22-year-old Shyane DeJesus, the woman who beat the crap out of a man who groped her on the New York City subway. Shyane DeJesus also shoved her phone in his face and snapped photos, so hopefully cops can catch this perv. Sexual assault is not a laughing matter, yet something about the awkward blob-people in the animation treatment is … funny. Hey, whatever gets more people educated. [BigAppleDaily.TV] Keep reading »
Over the weekend, the politics blog Politico dropped the bomb that Herman Cain, a Republican frontrunner for the presidential nomination, was accused of sexual harassment twice by women who later took pay-outs not to discuss the incidents. Politico claimed that when Cain headed the National Restaurant Association during the 1990s, two women complained to superiors about his behavior — innuendo, personal questions of a sexually suggestive nature, physical gestures that made the women uncomfortable — and eventually left their jobs with five-figure settlements.
On Tuesday, the lawyer for one of the accusers told The New York Times that she wants to speak out about the incident — but is bound by her non-disclosure agreement. Keep reading »