We Need To Hold Government Officials To A Higher Standard Regarding Sexual Harassment

We Need To Hold Government Officials To A Higher Standard Regarding Sexual Harassment

If you can elect a political official with this kind of history without blinking an eye, then you are part of the problem.

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On Sept. 16, The Washington Post published an article about Christine Ford's alleged high school encounter with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

When the two were high school students in the early 1980s in Maryland, they attended a party. During the party, Ford said she was "pushed into a bedroom and an inebriated Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed while his friend Mark Judge was watching and laughing." Ford alleged Kavanaugh groped her, tried to take off her clothes and placed his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream, according to CNN.

Ford told CNN she was only able to escape when Kavanaugh's friend jumped on top of them. Kavanaugh and Judge have denied these allegations. Ford took a polygraph (lie detector) test in early August and passed.

This is not the first public official to be accused of sexual harassment or assault in the past few years. So, why are we not treating these accusations like they are a big deal? Why are people so quick to assume the accuser is making up the story, or to blame them for not coming out about their stories sooner?

These men and women are supposed to be people that the public can trust. After all, isn't that why they're elected for their positions?

It's kind of ironic because in 17 years, the country has gone from impeaching Bill Clinton for lying under oath about his affair with Monica Lewinsky to electing President Donald Trump, who has had many women come forward with sexual harassment claims — and considers telling men to grab women by the p***y "locker room talk."

So, why are these political officials not held to a higher standard when it comes to sexual harassment?

If this country's commander-in-chief can get away with these accusations and lewd comments, then is it safe to assume that all men can? Are these the kinds of people we want our children to look up to and claim they want to be like?

What are we supposed to tell small children? Wouldn't it be hypocritical to tell our children to treat women with respect when the one we call president can't even do that himself?

We as Americans need to start holding political officials to a higher standard when it comes to sexual harassment. This is not something to be proud of. It cannot be quietly dismissed.

If you voted for a government official with a history of sexual harassment or assault, no matter how many women, ask yourself if you're part of the reason women don't come forward sooner.

If you can elect a political official with this kind of history without blinking an eye, then you are part of the problem.

We cannot expect women or men to feel comfortable and safe coming forward when there are men like Brett Kavanaugh and Donald Trump in the White House — men who are not being reprimanded for their actions.

We must stand with victims. We must tell them that their stories and their voices matter. We must stand with victims and tell them we care about them and support them.

We must stand with victims and not elect political officials who have a history of harassing or assaulting.

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12 Things Only Low-Maintenance Girls Understand

I promise we aren’t lazy, just easy going.
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Sometimes low-maintenance girls are looked at as lazy or sloppy. But in reality, I think low-maintenance girls are just so confident in who they are that putting in that extra effort isn't important to them.

Here are 12 things that only low-maintenance girls understand:

1. Leggings or sweat pants and a T-shirt is your normal everyday outfit

Why spend the day uncomfortable in some tight jeans or mini skirt when you can lounge around in some comfy clothes? We aren't here to impress anyone, we are just trying to sit back and chill.

2. Makeup is a special occasion

If you catch a low-maintenance girl with makeup on, take it as a compliment. We are trying to touch our face and rub our eyes as much as we'd like without makeup getting in the way. Not to mention, we wouldn't dare spend over $15 on some foundation.

3. We would rather stay in with a movie then go out for the evening

Something low-key and low stress always sounds better than spending the time, and the money, for a night out. I am perfectly content with taking advantage of my $7.99 monthly payment for Netflix.

4. You're always the first one ready

While your friends spend hours doing their hair, makeup and then finding the perfect outfit, you sit around and wait. Your 10 minutes thrown-together-look gives you time to nap while everyone else takes their sweet time.

5. When you say you "don't care what we do," you really don't care

Seriously, a date night off the McDonald's dollar menu is fine by me. I am not expecting you to wine and dine me on a big extravagant evening, I'm just trying to get a Big Mac in my mouth.

6. Your messy bun isn't a fashion statement, it's actually just your hairstyle

We aren't about to spend time curling or straightening our hair everyday. Every day is a good day to throw your hair up into a ponytail or bun.

7. The extent of your jewelry collection is one pair of earrings and maybe a necklace

Who needs more than one pair of earrings? Diamond studs match everything… right?

8. And your shoe collection is even smaller

Should I wear flip-flops or Converse?

9. Shopping isn't exactly your favorite thing to do

Who has patience for finding the perfect designer brands or finding the best fit? I am perfectly content with my T-shirts and leggings. One size fits all.

10. Your favorite gifts are the sentimental ones, not the expensive ones

A homemade card or a small gift that makes someone think of you is forever better and more meaningful than an expensive present. I don't want your money, I just want to know you thought of me.

11. You don't put in the effort to chase after a guy

I'm awesome and I know it. If a guy is worth it enough to be in my life, he can come after me. I am not down for any games or players. Just someone who embraces my low-maintenance qualities.

12. You are always the first person to help someone out

Giving your friends a ride or lending them two dollars isn't a huge deal. Just helping someone out gives you peace of mind. Everyone should have time to help a homie out.

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My Goodbye To Bath & Body Works

We had a good run, but I guess its time to move on.

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Dear Bath and Bodyworks,

I used to love sorting through all of your scented products and finding just the right product for me, but I guess I won't be making my selections from your lines of lotions and shower gels anymore. My skin just does not react very well anymore to the heavy fragrances and scents which are a staple of your brand and the lines you advertise. It looks like from now on I will be sticking to your hand sanitizers and candles.

I used to buy your smaller bottles of lotions when they were on sale so I would always have something to keep in my backpack in case of emergency, but now it is time to make the move to fragrance-free lotions.

BATH AND BODY WORKS COLLECTION www.youtube.com

I will miss your body sprays, which I also always bought when deals were offered on the smaller bottles because they kept me smelling fresh after a.m. gym class.

Getting gifts of the shower gels and lotion combos, which are really thoughtful and I appreciate getting very much, just is not the best option as they currently throw my skin into a tizzy.

I would prefer not to have red blotches pop up all over my body so until you begin to carry a more sensitive skin friendly line which is not as heavily scented it looks like I will be shopping elsewhere for my skincare needs.

Going fragrance-free is probably not the best marketing move for you. The majority of your customer base buys your product specifically for the scents and quality of your products; however a line of essential oil scent based lotions for sensitive skin could expand your market a little bit. Whether its a line worth adding is up to you to decide, but until then, goodbye Bath and Body Works (except for hand sanitizer because I honestly do not need any more candles).

Thanks for the fun while it lasted,

Sincerely,

Miss Fragrance-Free

(P.S. I will be back for hand sanitizer but that is it. I promise.)

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