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Common Sense Talk About Sexual Harassment

first_img Share 65 Views   no discussions Every woman I know of a certain age remembers being sexually harassed. Except we didn’t call it sexual harassment way back then. We remembered the time when guys–our co-workers, our customers, and, yes, our bosses—were often making passes, hitting on us, telling an off-color joke, saying a lot of suggestive things, endlessly trying it on. And, yes, a lot of times it was upsetting and most of the time demeaning. Once in a while, maybe, even frightening, especially if one was young or felt insecure and powerless and really, really needed the job or wanted the promotion.And at the same time, let’ s not forget, there were women who turned sexual harassment around and used it to their own advantage. It was called sleeping your way to the top. A lot of very smart, very capable women, some of whom are now very respected and admired women of a certain age, did exactly that though, of course, they would now deny it. But most of us just said no or laughed it off, and most guys took no for an answer and maybe went on and tried with someone else and didn’t hold it against us. Yes, you thought less of him and for all I know, he might have thought more of you for slapping his hands away or telling him how much you liked his wife and his adorable kiddies when he was trying to pull you close. But the awkward moment was between the two of you. You didn’t complain to H.R. You didn’t file a lawsuit. And if you really did have a pig of a boss who was that unrelentingly aggressive, you knew you had to find another job because you realized it wasn’t smart to work in a place that would let such a jerk have power. Of course the reason my friends and I were talking again about sexual harassment was because of the accusations against Herman Cain. And though a couple said it just shows that guys in power never learn, most thought the women making the accusations were not the most appealing examples of woman-as-victim. The blonde from Chicago with a cloudy past seemed just too eager for her press conference moment. And the other seems to be a serial plaintiff who thinks recompense for possible sexual harassment is a free year at Harvard. What’s more, these days men can be as vulnerable to charges of sexual harassment as women are vulnerable to being harassed. Maybe, in some ways, even more so. If a young man works in almost any company today and a woman reports that he is harassing her, whether it is true or not, the guy is usually fired. It is not worth the trouble for most companies to find out the truth.They are more afraid of the woman suing, the automatic sympathy she would get, and the enormous legal expenses the company would entail. Far easier to dump the man, sidetrack his career, and seem so very protective of a woman’s rights. And when the man, who is accused, is in a powerful position, it is easier to just pay off the woman in some way than fight her in court. It may leave a shadow on him but it saves a lot of big lawyer’s bills. Was it better the way it used to be? No, of course not.There was tolerance of what was truly unacceptable behavior. But it is still far from perfect now. These days the assumption seems to be that women are so vulnerable and defenseless they always need a lawsuit and a payoff to protect them from even questionable behavior. Rather than–in most cases– simply having the good sense to say, “Cut it out.” Myrna Blyth is editor-in-chief of ThirdAge. LifestyleRelationships Common Sense Talk About Sexual Harassment by: – November 16, 2011 Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweetlast_img read more


#GUSA2020: GIJ record first victory after 2-1 win over GIMPA

first_imgGhana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) has recorded its first win in the ongoing Ghana Universities Sports Association (GUSA) Games after 2-1 victory over Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).Photo Credit: Osei Bernard EsarIn a game dubbed “Match of the debutants”, it was GIJ who came up top with a solid second-half performance.Nii Adjei gave GIJ the lead in the second half to get their fans excited.Ghana Institute of Journalism doubled their advantage via beautifully taken free kick by the captain of the side, Hussein Abdul Ganiyu.The midfielder lobbed the ball beyond the defensive block and straight beyond the GIMPA goalkeeper who had no chance of parring the ball wide.A goalkeeping error made GIMPA pull one back in the last 10 minutes of the game.The win gives Ghana Institute of Journalism 5 points from five games and they are 7th on the league standings in the 2020 GUSA Games.GIJ will next play the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) on Tuesday, 14th January 2020 and GIMPA will face the same opponent on Monday, 13th January 2020.Images from the game:The Rectors of GIMPA (Left) and GIJ (Right) – Photo Credit: Osei Bernard EsarPhoto Credit: Osei Bernard EsarPhoto Credit: Osei Bernard EsarPhoto Credit: Osei Bernard EsarPhoto Credit: Osei Bernard EsarPhoto Credit: Osei Bernard EsarPhoto Credit: Osei Bernard EsarPhoto Credit: Osei Bernard Esarlast_img read more


BracketRacket: ‘You want to skip steps but you can’t.’

first_imgConnecticut head coach Kevin Ollie cuts the netting on the rim after his team defeating Michigan State 60-54 during a regional final at the NCAA college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 30, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)Welcome back to BracketRacket, the one-stop shopping place for all your offbeat NCAA tournament needs. In today’s edition, coach Cal keeps going back to the future, Florida beats Dayton (again!) in some kind of parallel universe, UConn wins but loses face, and tourists enjoy a rare moment of consensus in New York. Without further ado:WE DON’T REBUILD AT KENTUCKY, WE … ACTUALLY, WE DO REBUILD. EVERY YEAR.If “The John Calipari Finishing School for NBA Prospects — Sponsored by the University of Kentucky(TM)” sent out a newsletter to high-school recruits, the latest might read something like this.“This year’s class is having a slam-bang time at the NCAA tournament. We’re going to the Final Four — again! — and preparations are already underway for a reunion at this summer’s NBA draft. But enough about this year’s team, since many of them won’t be around by the time you arrive in the fall. Can’t wait to see you in Lexington!”Say what you want about coach Cal, but the man has nerves of steel. Around this time last year, the Wildcats’ season ended with a loss to Robert Morris in the opening round of the NIT and worse, the cupboard was practically bare. Nerlens Noel, Kentucky’s best player went down during the season with a devastating knee injury, and was already rehabbing to go pro.So Calipari simply did what he’s always done: start over.He recruited circles around every other coach in the game, bringing in six McDonald’s All-Americans and trying to coach ’em up fast enough to deliver a happy meal by tournament time. There were chills and spills along the way, but after Kentucky held on to beat Michigan in the Midwest regional final Sunday, Calipari took a brief, but well-deserved bow.“The whole thing about building a team, especially young guys, is it’s a process and you cannot skip steps. You want to skip steps,” he said emphatically, “but you can’t.”You can building a program, though.Take nothing away from Calipari’s in-season work, but it pales in comparison to his abilities as a talent scout. In his four previous seasons at Kentucky, he’s already put 17 players in the NBA, with another handful set to join them this June. He’s the only coach to send three No. 1 overall picks to the pros, the only coach to have five players taken in the first round in the same year (2010), and the only one to squeeze six in since the league cut the draft to two rounds.And he’s showing no signs of slowing down.Plenty of Kentucky fans took a break Saturday between the Wildcats’ wins in the tournament to take in the Indiana High School Class 4A boys basketball state championship game. The kid to watch turned out to be Indianapolis Arsenal Tech’s 6-foot-10 Trey Lyles, who had 16 points and 12 rebounds to lock up a state title.Lyles is already committed to Kentucky, which if nothing else means coach Cal saved himself some postage.___ART IMITATING LIFE, OR MAYBE JUST THE NCAA TOURNAMENTIt’s a miracle no one thought of it before.OK, you probably did. More than once, too. Maybe you and a few pals even went down to the basement, found a Nerf ball and taped a mini-backboard to the wall. Maybe you even filmed it.But get it on air?These guys did: (via YouTube.com): http://bit.ly/1ogFgmn .They’re part of the WCJB-TV crew at an ABC affiliate in Gainesville, Florida. Barred from showing highlights of Florida’s win over Dayton — non-CBS stations can’t until the day after the game — anchor Zach Aldridge, meteorologist Mike Gismondi and two other guys from the station re-enacted the Gators’ triumph, from the pre-game locker room huddle to the postgame celebration.“I can’t air any of it without breaking the law and every other rule and regulation known to TV,” Aldridge says in the run-up to the clip. “But I want to show you the next-best thing.”You might be selling yourself short, Zach. It was actually more entertaining than the real thing.___THANKS, I NEEDED THATIn what’s threatening to become a postgame tradition, UConn’s coach and players have begun exchanging celebratory slaps. Not the usual high- or low-five variety, but slaps upside the head.Coach Kevin Ollie started it after UConn’s upset win over Iowa State, finishing up an interview on the court and then, as he walked by Terrence Samuel, delivering the chuck here (via YouTube.com): http://bit.ly/1dIQrzp . It was — pardon the expression — a hit with the team.Deciding one good turn deserved another, Ollie gathered his Huskies around him for the postgame interview after upsetting Michigan State on Sunday and wanted confirmation he wasn’t dreaming. Naturally, the task fell to Samuel, who delivered here (via The Big Lead): http://bit.ly/1dIS9kkBracketRacket just made UConn its pick to win it all.Not because the Huskies are the best team still standing, but because we’d like to see how many of them would still be standing by the end.___CELEBRITY ALUMS OF THE DAYInstead of going mano-a-mano, our next two combatants traded blows via the video board at Madison Square Garden.During a second-half timeout in that same UConn-Michigan State game, former Spartan and 2000 national champion Mateen Cleaves turned up on the screen and got a rousing cheer from the green-and-white-clad fans in the crowd of 19,499. A few seconds later, the camera found former Husky and 1999 national champion Richard Hamilton.With much more of the crowd in his corner, Hamilton escalated the battle by raising his arms and imploring the UConn fans to cheer even louder. Then back to Cleaves, who recovered nicely by matching the arm-raising gesture and for good measure, started “popping” the Michigan State shirt he was wearing. Back came Hamilton, popping his shirt and the place went up for grabs.Mindful that the timeout was coming to an end, the board operator finally went to a split screen showing both Cleaves and Hamilton. Judging by the ovation, we’re scoring it a draw.___STAT OF THE DAYSTATS notes that if three of the Final Four teams wind up blanketed by confetti a week from Monday, they won’t need a refresher course to act like they’ve been there before. In fact, five of the past 10 national championships have been won by either Connecticut (2004, 2011), Florida (2006, 2007) or Kentucky (2012). The exception is Wisconsin. The Badgers’ last — and only — title dates back to 1941.___QUOTE OF THE DAY“We got 16 of the most out-of-body turnovers known to mankind, to be honest.” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo explaining the Spartans’ self-inflicted wounds against UConn.___SUNDAY’S RESULTSRegional FinalsMIDWESTAt IndianapolisKentucky 75, Michigan 72EASTAt New York CityUConn 60, Michigan State 54FINAL FOURSaturday, April 5SemifinalsAt Arlington, TexasUConn (30-8) vs. Florida (36-2), 6:09 p.m. EDTKentucky (28-10) vs. Wisconsin (30-7), 8:49 p.m.NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPMonday, April 7Semifinal winners, 9:10 p.m.last_img read more