Yes, Stupid, Sexual Harassment Exists

Katie Roiphe’s Sunday New York Times column got just about everyone angry, especially Pandagon’s Amanda Marcotte, who called it an “evidence-free assertion that most sexual harassment is just a matter of over-sensitive feminists trying to destroy the male libido.” Roiphe argued for a more open, “wild” workplace where comments are taken in stride, but Marcotte says she radically oversimplifies what harassment is, how it happens, and how it affects women. “Allowing people to harass each other isn't a charming bit of relaxed office politics like wearing jeans to work. Most—pretty much all—of the stuff we call ‘sexual harassment’ isn't welcome under any circumstances.”