Reproductive Rights Bills ARE Sexual Harassment

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WHOA. As the first sentence of the day, my stomach really dropped at its directness. This cued me into visiting one of my pet political issues: The War on Women.

So, seriously, does anyone believe 45 has stopped sexually harassing women in the workplace? I wouldn’t be surprised if a case like this came to light.

On a more realistic note, though, let’s just take a look at the coordinated attacks on women’s rights to their own bodies care of the GOP & 45* (opens in a new window).

Do people understand that invading women’s bodies regarding their reproductive rights (Which is a DIRECT relationship to their sexual habits) can very well be wrapped up in a definition of sexual harassment in the workplace? Here, let me help by offering this from the legal dictionary (opens in a new window):

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment [emphasis added] when

  1. submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment,
    INTERPRETATION: Any time the government allows and supports a workplace’s choice to monitor a woman’s choices over her sexual and reproductive health is aiding and abetting sexual harassment at the very top level of a workplace.
  2. submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individuals.
    INTERPRETATION: ibid.
  3. such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment. (29 C.F.R. § 1604.11[1980])
    INTERPRETATION: See the bold emphasis added.

*Important note about using the source of the Prospect: consider the statement about the author: “Dorothy Samuels, a former member of the New York Times Editorial Board, is a senior fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice.”

-Dr. Pyrate

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