HERMAN CAIN! Sick of hearing about him yet? TOO BAD! It's Fall and there's the smell of pine needles and SCANDAL in the air! Cain's all over your teevee and your blogs and your newspapers and your magazines! He's dominating your YouTubes! Causing a ruckus! I even wrote an extensive catalog of all his SCANDALS (19 and counting!) Today, everyone in Media Land is wondering if the National Restaurant Association will let one of those women folk who are accusing Cain of sexual harassment tell her side of the story. It's Scandal Thanksgiving out there, where TV advertisers for news networks express their gratitude to politicians for messing up just enough so they can turn their news apparatuses into tawdry, ratings-grabbin' gossips.
And in the continuing quest to bring back all the parts of the 1990s you did not like, Herman Cain supporters are accusing "The Mainstream Media" of turning into a retrograde, Clarence Thomas hearings era, High Tech Lynch Mob.
Thomas, famously, felt the sexual harassment charges against him during his confirmation hearings were evidence of racism, punishing him for being an independent thinking, "uppity" black. Although, Supreme Court watcher Jeffrey Toobin argued it was the fear of being labeled as racist after Thomas said the "lynch" line that made then Sen. Joe Biden, who was leading the hearings, bail on bringing up even more women who could back up Anita Hill's claims.
As someone who has lived their entire life as a lady person I can attest that I have never met a woman who has not been sexually harassed in some way, shape or form at some point in her life. Whether at school, the workplace or simply walking down the street. And it doesn't really matter how you look. Attractive or plain, if you're a lady person at some point someone will say something untoward to you or make you feel threatened. It's so common that women largely ignore the more passive forms of it and focus their animus for when they feel threatened with stalking, character assassination, potential job loss or sexual abuse.
Yet, despite harassment being depressingly common, people still tend to blame the victim when they complain that they'd like to do their jobs without being treated as objects.
So while I'm aware that there's always a chance someone's making things up, sexual harassment is so damn common, I'm never surprised by any man of any stature being accused of it. Only disappointed. In most cases, the guy in question has been getting away with being a grabby jerk for so long, he doesn't see anything wrong with his behavior and is more upset about being called on it than anything else.
Which brings us back to Cain who, again, no clue if he's a horn-doggy cat daddy, but again, based on what I know of certain folks once they get one scintilla of power over someone, I wouldn't put it past him. Especially an older guy who missed out on his gender sensitivity training because he was "the boss" in the 90s and was the one who had to green light such training.
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FYI: I'm going to be on CNN Sunday afternoon after 4 p.m. EST talking about Herman Cain (among other things) with CNN's weekend host Fredricka Whitfield. It'll be my four time going on CNN on Sunday afternoons to talk politics. Check it out if you get the chance!