...Codes of sexual harassment imagine an entirely symmetrical universe, where people are never outrageous, rude, awkward, excessive or confused, where sexual interest is always absent or reciprocated, in other words a universe that does not entirely resemble our own. We don’t legislate against meanness, or power struggles, or political maneuvering, or manipulation in offices, and how could we? So should we be legislating against rogue flirtations, the floating out of invitations? Obviously there is a line, which if the allegations against Mr. Cain are true, he has crossed, but there are many behaviors loosely included under the creative, capacious rubric of sexual harassment that do not cross that line.
So a Federal employee may make an allegation of "harassment" which will *POOF* go away if she's granted a $16K/year raise, a year off (and a scholarship) to attend grad school, yadayada.
Just "uncomfortable," ya' know. It was "inappropriate." They were "hostile."
Meantime--just as with racism--the REAL victims will be marginalized by the Broadway-Show Babes and their rapacious, omnipresent, attorneys.