Today the National Council of Women and the Equal Opportunity Commissioner and the Human Rights Commission have felt compelled to explain how to behave correctly toward others. To the Prime Minister of New Zealand.
To those who say it’s a storm in a teacup, an over reaction, I say:
It’s time you grew up and learned to respect women and children in particular, and men and boys too. It’s time you understand that if you are having fun with someone else, “horsing around”, it is only fun if they are having fun too. It’s not always all about you. I know you want it to be. I know you find it hard to share. I know you find it hard to have to respect other people that aren’t like you. I can see you find it hard to think about others before you speak and act. But, here’s the rub. It’s only hard for you and people like you. Everyone else gets it. When the Prime Minister doesn’t get it (think about that for a moment the Prime MINISTER DOESN’T GET IT!), then we are not over- reacting. We have a problem. All of us, and that problem extends to include those who don’t think it is a problem. You are part of the problem and you are harming women and children in ways you do not yet comprehend. In small ways, maybe even daily.
So, is there a pattern…
Richard Worth resigned, not sacked for persistent sexual harassment;
Roast-busters just need to grow up;
I wont apologise for being a man in the context of sexual violence toward women being perpetuated by mostly men;
Comment about his wife’s IRD form (“stud screwer” as her occupation);
Victim of attempted rape, Tania Billingsley, promised apology-apology not given cos not serious enough;
Conveyed to Chillean Leader it was funny that a pedophile was let loose by NZ in her country;
Sabin promoted to Law and Order Committee Chair with a police investigation hanging over him for as yet unconfirmed acts;
Someone from PM’s office tacitly supporting former CERA CEO, Sutton’s version of events at resignation press conference for sexual harassment;
Fondling child’s pony tail during campaign 2014;
Behaviour of an unconsented nature for months involving a stranger’s pony tail;
UPDATED And this one‘
UPDATED 3:11pm 23/04/201 And another one fingering another little girl’s hair. Not a ponytail but braids. Very brief at 2:15.
UPDATED 3:21pm Note the expression on his face. Playful?
But while Women’s Minister Louise Upston released a statement repeating Key’s apology, she refused to comment on issues of women’s rights in the workplace.
“As the Prime Minister has said his actions were intended to be light-hearted. It was never his intention to make her feel uncomfortable,” she said.
Prime Minister John Key apologised to Auckland waitress Amanda Bailey for repeatedly pulling her hair.“He said that in hindsight it wasn’t appropriate, and that is why he apologised.” Louise Upston Fraudulently taking taxpayer money to pretend to masquerade as Minister for Womens Affairs
Now consider …
What exactly do you have to consider?