American Thinker; Democrat Marcy Kaptur horrified her fellow Democrats by suggesting that women’s clothing has a lot to do with how they can expect to get treated. Sounds like common sense, except that she said it during a great shakeout of sexual harassers in positions of power, and in front of politically correct leftists, who said they were “aghast.”
Marcy, Marcy, Marcy.
Let’s unpack this.
The most significant thing here about this political blunder is that it was made by a woman. And she’s not the first. Lefty designer Donna Karan made the same kind of remark when the news of the Harvey Weinstein scandal first broke, wondering if some women are dressing for “trouble.” She walked back that one pronto. And now Kaptur has walked back the remarks, too. Politico reports:
In a statement to POLITICO later Wednesday, Kaptur said she never meant to suggest that women are to blame for harassment they experience.
“When I was first elected to Congress my office and I became a refuge for female staffers who had been mistreated by their bosses. Some of them in tears many days. It is something I carry with me to this day and something I brought up during our Caucus meeting,” she said. “Under no circumstances is it the victim’s fault if they are harassed in any way. I shared the stories from my time here in the context of the ‘Me Too’ legislation and how we can elevate the decorum and the dress code to protect women from what is a pervasive problem here and in society at large.”
Yes, it’s easy to imagine she is a hypocrite, as the “aghast” lefties who heard the remarks will undoubtedly say. But what Kaptur alluded to was that sometimes, a sort of sexual harassment in reverse goes on, when women dress to sell their “assets” instead of their competence, to men, of course, in a bid to get ahead. When someone shows up with boobs on display at the office, it’s not her brains she’s selling.
Other women see that and get disgusted. Can someone like Kaptur, who dresses professionally and is 71, “compete” with that? This explains why Kaptur noticed this aspect of the problem. It’s not all that different from bare-breasted women of Papua New Guinea who cover up when other women who are covered up show up. Women are competitive. read more