So Parliament is broiled in another scandal. This scandal though, ranges the nation, not just in this country but across the globe.
I’m not going to go into names or industries as this is no about trying to score political joins. This issue involves all parties and all parts of this country. So lets start with the very simple and basic concept. Women are no object, trophies or male play toys. Women are people just like the rest of us. They have feelings, interests and their own mind. We live in a culture were women are expected to dress “sexy” and be seductive. This is evident from the programs on the TV, in magazines, and even in work places. The internet is completely filled with porn. All of this sends the wrong message to women and to men, particularly the younger generations. Changing this involves a huge culture change, and that is not an easy things to do. Or quick!
Women, just like men deserve respect. They need to feel valued and not like a commodity to throw away once used.
Now with so many allegations coming out of parliament at the moment we need to separate some of the issues as they are not all sexual harassment. There is a clear difference between, for example, an MP trying his luck with a journalist and being rejected and an accusation of sexual assault and rape. By an MP trying his luck I mean making a suggestive pass or comment towards to woman and being rejected. This is wrong and sleazy, however, it is not illegal. Also two consenting adults broiled in an affair at work, is also not illegal. An MP making suggestive comments, touching, grouping is illegal and this is sexual harassment. These cases must be reported as we have to take a zero tolerance stance with this. There does seem to be an adherent link that the men in a position of power use this to intimidate and harass women. I totally agree this is a real problem and it needs stamping out. A real man does not use this power to get what he wants but to use this power to make a positive difference to peoples lives.
It seems that some of the media are mixing much of this up as if all male members of Parliament are sexual predators. This is not the case and I do imagine over the next few weeks we will see more allegations then we will see the media reporting the differences more accurately. At the moment they are trying to make it look like Westminster is filled with sexual beasts hiding in each dark corner waiting for their victims.
It is very easy to work with women, respect them and treat them equally. There is nothing wrong with seeing a woman and thinking she is attractive, it is human nature. The issue is how we as men act towards women that is the problem.
I can’t remember who said this quote fairly recently but it is indeed hitting the nail on the head. This is a male problem and we need to sort it.