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      lyvwyr101

      Laws against sexual or racial harassment, only applying to everyone.  I'll be interested to see what effect this has.

      I do not like thee, Doctor Fell, The reason why I cannot tell; But this I know, and know full well, I do not like thee, Doctor Fell.

      by opinionated on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 01:45:01 PM PDT

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      •  Laws against sexual and racial harassment have (4+ / 0-)
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        transformed much of the U.S. working environment -- although certainly not everywhere, and not uniformly -- as well as schools, and perhaps even the simple act of walking down a street in broad daylight.

        From the time I was a little girl until at least the late 80s, if I walked down a suburban or city street, somewhere along the way a male or group of males driving by would yell all sorts of sexual vulgarities at me, invite me to suck or fuck them, etc. The torrent and ubiquity of verbal sexual abuse disgusted, frightened, disheartened and enraged me. Girls and women were of course told to "just ignore it and pretend it didn't happen," because "boys will be boys," etc., etc., etc., ad nauseum.

        This began changing after the courageous Anita Hill and her supporters battled against the confirmation of Clarence Thomas in 1991, spawning the nationwide battle against sexual harassment.

        I might be completely off base -- and I would be interested to hear others' experiences and/or research -- but my impression is that sexually harassing female pedestrians is no longer mindlessly considered a male birthright. Some males still do it, but in almost all cases they and everyone within earshot understand they are transgressing.

        •  I had a Great Dane, St Bernard mix (1+ / 0-)
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          Maxie,  he transformed my life.  I could walk down a dark street at 2 in the morning, and if some guy was walking up the street towards us, he would cross the street.  I loved that, after spending so many years just feeling like prey.

          I do not like thee, Doctor Fell, The reason why I cannot tell; But this I know, and know full well, I do not like thee, Doctor Fell.

          by opinionated on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 06:48:03 PM PDT

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