I was stunned at the naivete and ignorance of gender dynamics exhibited by Sue Lani Madsen in her Nov. 18 column. She cites one example of an Olympia “political insider” who said that “he wishes he’d been slapped” by the woman he harassed.
Let’s imagine she had slapped him. Does Madsen seriously think that there would have been no retaliation against the woman, either in the workplace or in the media? Madsen’s analysis once again places the responsibility for deterring harassment on women, a familiar theme.
One would have hoped for a more nuanced analysis after these past weeks when we have been bombarded by examples of bad, and in some cases, possibly, criminal behavior towards women and men.
Kathryn A. Lee