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Is Flirting now Sexual Harassment?
Dr. Rosen: The current issue of sexual harassment has taken new meaning. Now there are complaints maintaining that flirting is sexual harassment.
Dr. Edwards: That is amazing. Normal male/female banter is now harassment?
Dr. Milton: The next thing, asking for a date will be risky, especially if she doesn’t want to be asked.
Dr. Ruth: I always enjoyed boys who could flirt when I was in High School and college. I would agree this is normal male/female banter.
Dr. Michelle: I guess the next stage will be to even look over a girl will be threatening.
Dr. Yancy: I’m married, and I still like to look at girls. What’s wrong with that? Don’t our eyes normally gravitate to beauty?
Dr. Sam: My grandfather used to say, “Just because you’re on a diet doesn’t mean you can’t look at the menu.”
Dr. Edwards: I guess Frank Loesser’s song in 1956, “Standing on the Corner Watching all the Girls Go By” would be big time sexual harassment. The Broadway musical, “The Most Happy Fella,” which included the song could get a lot of boys in trouble today.
Dr. Milton: You don’t even have to stand on the corner. There was a guy who was at work and just couldn’t resist ogling a well-endowed lady who was unable to stuff her entire “endowment” into her clothes. I was at the administrative hearing where this poor fellow just kept saying, “Just look at her,” pointing to her “endowment” as if to say, how could you not look at that as he pointed to her chest.
Dr. Edwards: Dr. Brizendine. in her book on the female brain, points out that the male sex center is twice as large as the female sex center and is always on the alert and ready to act on a moment’s notice. The female sex center may take up to 24 hours to be fully activated.
Dr. Ruth: That’s one fact that is missing on the current pre-occupation with sexual harassment.
Dr. Michelle: I guess the next iteration of this preoccupation could be a complete reversal—complaints of how women dress. Maybe we’ll have to cover our knees. Or wear clothes down to our ankles.
Dr. Joseph: Retired That preoccupation was present in our day and age. In church, I remember when women kneeled, and they measured how far the hemlines were from the kneeler at the altar. I think the rule was six inches in my church.
Dr. Milton: Isn’t it amazing how much time and energy we can spend on these things.
Dr. Michelle: Empowering women is necessary and fair. And the transitions will be confusing for a while.
Dr. Ruth: And isn’t change and transitions the norm for every generation?
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