The sad saga continues: monied men are being outed for inappropriate treatment of women (mostly) who are seeking employment or already employed in service rôles. I am trying to use neutral language here – so that the wood is distinguishable from the trees.
You see, surprise! There are two genders involved here. Granted that many men are predatory and assert a right to victimise women (mostly). So shall we examine the female participants? First, yes, many are victims of abuse and must be defended. But there is a wide grey area occupied by women who are prepared/determined to use their charms to reach their goals. Think Marilyn and Monica. Were they merely the innocent puppets of the male conspiracy?
The latest UK event under scrutiny, at the Presidents Club -dubbed an all-male charity gala, required scores of attractive young hostesses to attend to the guests’ needs. And the meeja persisted with its coverage of male misbehaviour by highlighting the evening’s activites. Do such occasions always become orgies of male chauvinism? Are they different in principle from ‘hen nights’? Were the hostesses, many of whom wore black nail varnish to signify their intention to ‘stay late’ just doing a job?
On a personal note, I recall that as a very green and no-doubt thrusting young executive I was pursued by a comely female colleague at a company function. I did not call the cops or phone the Daily Mirror.