Carly Fiorina recently gave her spot-on take concerning the barrage of harassment "revelations" against powerful and admired men in her post, "It's Time to Man Up" on Media.com. Here are a few potent excerpts:
Women are not shocked because we all have been living with this for a very long time. I came up in the men’s worlds of technology and communications. But regardless of industry, virtually every woman I know — myself included — has been perennially, and at best, merely harassed and propositioned, diminished and ignored; not as frequently, but too often and at worst, too many I have known have been sexually abused. Virtually all of us have been groped by someone we thought we could trust.
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I am tired of politicians opining on this subject. Politics is as sexist a culture as any in America. As we continue to learn, from Washington, D.C. to Sacramento, California and everywhere in between, politicians, of both parties, are among the worst harassers and abusers. Democrats would have us believe that all women are victims and only some sweeping government programs can solve this problem. Republicans would have us believe there is no problem at all.
Both parties are wrong and neither has any room to lecture anyone else on behavior or to propose solutions.
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This is now a time for men to choose. Are you going to laugh and look the other way? Are you going to josh that boys will be boys? With a wink, a nod, and a choice word here and there are you going to make it clear that while you love women, you actually don’t think they are capable of whatever you care about most? Are you going to keep quiet when you should speak up?
The entire article is worth a read for both men and women. You can read the entire post here.
Image Credits: From flickr, Creative Commons license, Carly Fiorina by Gage Skidmore.
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