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Harrassment indeed

August 2010 —

This page is linked from the file "news stories," but it's really more opinion than news.....

— 21 February 2011

It's a meme for our times, when America (and maybe the whole English-speaking world) is obsessed with women as victims of male attention [is this liberation?...] See the ouster of Mark Hurd, CEO of Hewlett Packard, who deserved to go — but not for sexual harrassment, considering that the woman who accused him recanted.

He's out on charges of misuse of funds discovered following a complaint by contractor Jodie Fisher, a 50-year-old woman (and reality-show contestant) who had been dining frequently with Mr. Hurd. They'd had a close personal relationship parallel to their working interactions.

Fisher retracted the charges, which were found unsubstantiated — and which, presumably, she could have simply never made in the first place. She could have instead told the guy "no" when he'd invited her to dinner.

But that's America — and what's the headline? Yep — "sexual harrassment." And, before anybody had read past the headline, Ms. Fisher was publicly (and willingly) deemed another victim of male attention.