Is it possible to stop sexual harassment?

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation I grew up at a time when it was assumed that men were sexually aggressive and it was up to the woman to apply the brakes.My father was very protective of me; he once chased two teenage boys halfway across Denver because they whistled at me when he picked me up at the public swimming pool.I learned early not to make eye contact with strangers of the opposite sex, to dress modestly and to be reserved.It was no accident that after being chosen by my class to be prom princess, no boy asked me to the dance and I ended up going with a classmate whom the nuns assigned to take me.I’ve always worked in male-dominated environments — on Capitol Hill in the early 1970s, in the White House in the mid-1980s, in the corporate world since the late 1990s and in the media for the past 30 years.Several of the high-profile men who’ve been accused of harassment are men I’ve worked for, alongside of or been interviewed by, some on multiple occasions.When their names became public, I wasn’t surprised. Most women aren’t in that position. They’re vulnerable, or they believe they are.We may never be able entirely to stop powerful men from attempting to use their power to take what they want.Power and sex are a toxic combination.But we can support the women whose tremendous courage allowed them to come forward with these sordid tales.And those women who have some measure of power ourselves need to stand with them, even if we’ve avoided the worst ordeals ourselves.We can also help by letting women know that they, too, have power — the power to set up barriers to protect themselves.Walk away when you feel uncomfortable. Say no to the first hint of improper behavior.Say it loud and clear and let the man know that what he is doing not only is unacceptable but may cost him his job.Don’t get into a car at night if you don’t know the man well.And never ever go to a man’s hotel room. These rules won’t protect you in every situation, but they will send a powerful signal.And remember that no job, no promotion is worth losing your dignity or risking your safety.Linda Chavez is a nationally syndicated columnist and author of “An Unlikely Conservative: The Transformation of an Ex-Liberal.”center_img Categories: Editorial, OpinionWith each new revelation of sexual misconduct by a powerful man, I ask myself, “When will this end?”How is it that so many men have behaved piggishly — illegally — and the women they abused remained silent for fear that the humiliation they endured would only be worse if they came forward?How is it that powerful organizations, including those media companies we trust to uncover stories of such wrongdoing, turned a blind eye?And that question is the one that stops me dead in my tracks. Am I part of the problem, too?For years, I’ve said that I’ve never faced sexual harassment.But it may be no accident that I’ve been spared such an ordeal. In each instance, my antennae were up when I was around them.These were not guys I’d allow myself to be alone with, certainly not in a social setting and especially not in their hotel room.But of course, many of the women who’ve been attacked were confronted in the office. Matt Lauer is accused of summoning young women to his office and locking the door — in broad daylight, with staff nearby!The same was true of Roger Ailes. Their victims could not have avoided the situations that put them at risk.I’ve been lucky, but maybe not so lucky as I’d like to think.My husband reminded me of two situations I had told him about years ago when powerful media figures made advances with the implicit promise of advancing my career.I’d brushed them off, never thinking of the behavior as harassment, but in both instances, I was never invited back on their shows.I was insulted at the very idea that I would need help from such cads — but in both instances, I was already a well-established figure who could afford to walk away.last_img read more

Sexual misconduct is part of the culture

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAt the point of being totally redundant, I find it quite perverse listening to and reading about the sexual misconduct in Hollywood, Washington, the news media and anywhere else men and women interact with each other.It’s not news; it’s gossip.Does anyone believe that the casting couch hasn’t been part of Hollywood or show biz since day one? Does anyone really believe that people in power don’t take advantage of people that are not? Does anyone really not get ill listening to our politicians trying to profess proper moral behavior? Unfortunately, this conduct between men and women is human nature. Most of the time, it’s between consenting adults. However, when it’s not and the innocent get preyed upon, then we have an issue that needs attention.There’s no way the Catholic Church can be forgiven for what was allowed to happen with pedophile priests. How about what occurred at Penn State?In both situations, it was about the money and notoriety of the institution rather than the innocent having been injured by a culture that allowed it. That’s a much bigger problem than a few people in show biz behaving the way they do.Unfortunately, people and institutions with power over people will do whatever they can do to squirm out of a situation that will affect their status, income and ego. Calling multiple accusers liars, as Judge Roy Moore is basically doing and professing what a moral person he is, surely makes you question what kind of egomaniac he truly is. And I’m afraid it will never change.Bob BeliveGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

King Sturge demands new measure for retail sales

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E-commerce occupiers: desperately seeking in Soho

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Soho and Strand W1 is No 1 for dot coms

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Boroughs round-up: Sound of the suburbs

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Sweden sweats it out

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PREMIUMEnvoy says Japan ‘happy to support’ Indonesia’s decision on cruise ship crew

first_imgLog in with your social account Japanese Ambassador to Indonesia Masafumi Ishii said on Tuesday that his government was ready to support Indonesia in ensuring the wellbeing of dozens of its citizens aboard the Diamond Princess.The cruise ship has been quarantined in Yokohama since Feb. 4 over fears of the spread of COVID-19, the disease resulting from the novel coronavirus.The envoy’s statement follows the confirmation Indonesian authorities received earlier that day that three of the 78 Indonesian crewmen onboard had tested positive for COVID-19.The acute respiratory disease has killed over 2,000 people around the world, with China recording the majority of deaths.Ambassador Ishii said he had been in discussions with Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi to guarantee the crewmen’s health and safety.He also provided a brief insight into the official announcement regarding the Indonesians who had … Google Topics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Japan Indonesia health virus cruise quarantine COVID-19 Linkedin Facebooklast_img read more

Virus toll soars in locked-down Italy as pace slows in China

first_imgFallout from the virus has extended across society in countries around the world, with major sports events postponed or called off, cinemas shut and large gatherings banned.On Tuesday, it spilled into US politics, with Democratic presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden both cancelling campaign rallies.Official figures showed daily infections in China are at their lowest level since record-keeping began in January, with 19 new infections and 17 deaths recorded on Tuesday, after a similar flatlining of cases in South Korea. By contrast, Europe’s outbreak surged, with Italy’s toll rising by 168 to 631 dead from COVID-19 (the official name for the virus), with 10,149 infected in just over two weeks.  China remains the hardest-hit overall with more than 80,000 cases and over 3,000 deaths, out of a global total of 117,339 cases and 4,251 deaths across 107 countries and territories, according to an AFP tally.Reflecting the differing stages of the outbreak, China relaxed some of its most severe restrictions in Hubei province at the same moment as several European countries went on full alert mode. A slew of airlines announced they would cut all flights to Italy for the next few weeks, while a number of European countries announced the closure of schools and bans on mass public events.Slovenia said it was closing its border with Italy, while Austria announced bans on trains and flights to the neighbouring country.French President Emmanuel Macron said Slovenia and Austria had made “bad decisions” with the drastic measures but warned that his country was “just at the beginning” of its outbreak.Chile said it was would quarantine all travellers arriving from Italy and Spain.In the Middle East, Iran registered 54 new deaths — the highest single-day toll so far in the country with the third-deadliest outbreak in the world. A total of 291 people have now died in the Islamic Republic. Turkey, a major hub linking Europe and western Asia, registered its first case on Tuesday, as did the Democratic Republic of Congo.’Just the beginning’ Strict lockdowns and travel restrictions were apparently successful in China but faced a rocky start in Italy, a country of 60 million people where Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte told residents they should travel only for the most urgent work or health reasons. While squares in Milan and Rome were emptied of their usual bustle and traffic, some residents were confused as to whether they were even allowed to leave their homes for everyday tasks like shopping.The confusion forced the government to clarify its decree and warn against panic-buying. Pope Francis also seemed to muddy the waters, holding a mass in which he urged priests to go out and visit the sick — something specifically discouraged by Conte. Sport schedules have been wrecked across the continent. A day after Italy cancelled all domestic sport, France, Spain, Germany and Portugal announced matches will be played in empty stadia, while some games in the Netherlands were cancelled.In a rare glimmer of positive news, the remaining guests at a hotel on lockdown in Spain’s Canary Islands left the building after a 14-day quarantine, to the cheers and applause of hotel workers and medical staff.  Officials at risk In the United States, reports have suggested President Donald Trump could be vulnerable after several senior Republicans quarantined themselves because they had been in contact with a virus sufferer.Trump said Tuesday he would be happy to get a coronavirus test but has been told there is no need.”I feel very good but I guess it’s not a big deal to get tested and it’s something I would do,” he told reporters in Washington.But the White House doctor declared there was “no reason to do it,” Trump added. “There’s no symptoms, no anything.”There are concerns that the US could become another hotspot, with at least 26 deaths and 605 confirmed infections so far.Trump had promised to announce “major” economic measures on Tuesday, but no concrete details had emerged by early evening.In New York, the UN closed its headquarters to the public, while major US universities have been forced to cancel classes and move lessons online.On the West Coast — where most of the US deaths have occurred — the Grand Princess cruise ship has docked at California’s port of Oakland, for more than 2,400 passengers to be taken into treatment or placed in quarantine, in a delicate, days-long operation.Topics : Locked-down Italy on Tuesday recorded its deadliest day of the novel coronavirus outbreak, as airlines halted flights and neighbouring countries clamped down on borders of the worst-hit country outside of China.Chinese leader Xi Jinping meanwhile sought to ease concerns in the country where the virus was first detected in December, making his first visit to the epicentre of Wuhan and declaring the spread in the central city and Hubei province to be “basically curbed.”On the world’s financial markets, stocks and oil bounced back on hopes of US economic stimulus measures, after suffering their biggest one-day losses in more than a decade on Monday.last_img read more