Quote of the Day; August 5th, 2008

“If we had no sexual harassment we would have no children,”

I promise you, this is not a case of me taking a quote out of context to elevate the humorous/shocking nature of the clip. In fact, once I tell you where these words were written, it will only get worse:

A Russian judge was the author of that sage insight when he ruled against a woman attempting to sue her boss for sexual harrassment. A close second in the contest for quote of the day came from the beleaguered plaintiff:

“He always demanded that female workers signalled to him with their eyes that they desperately wanted to be laid on the boardroom table as soon as he gave the word,” she earlier told the court. “I didn’t realise at first that he wasn’t speaking metaphorically.”

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3 responses to “Quote of the Day; August 5th, 2008

  1. Further evidence that we have a very long way to go.

  2. polisciafterparty

    Translating first hand accounts of crap like that was the entirety of my internship at csis. women were interviewed in focus groups in Peter (st petersburg) on topics such as sex trafficking, harassment, and intellectualism among females. boy, i learned a ton of russian that way, let me tell you…

    the most interesting transcripts to read/translate were, hands down, those of lesser-educated women (relative to the other focus group participants), who actually condoned the behavior illustrated in your QOTD. these people also thought that women couldn’t be scientists; that men are biologically predisposed to succeed; and, yes, that a woman’s place is at home, rearing the little ones.

    Fortunately, the fact of the matter is that—Kate is right about how far we have to go—relatively speaking, we have less ground to cover than Russia. I find it comforting that this made the QOTD – your being appalled shows how far we’ve come along.

    Ok, time for me to take off my shoes and get back to the kitchen… =) Amy

  3. polisciafterparty

    speaking of kitchen…amy, you promised us breakfast when we came down to dc…what cha gonna make??

    love you bunches…dont kill me…

    -trader

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