When sexual harassment is totally okay (um, NOT)

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Russian men are notoriously sexist, and one judge is actively making sure that the stereotype endures. When a 22-year old woman who hoped to "become only the third woman in Russia's history to bring a successful sexual harassment action against a male employer," well, brought it, she was shot down in court, says the Telegraph. Despite her claims that her employer locked her out of the office after she refused to have sex with him, the judge threw out her case and justified doing so with the noble cause of propagating the human species. "'If we had no sexual harassment we would have no children,' the judge ruled." No he didn't!

But um, yeah, actually he did. And if you think that's crazy, consider this evidence from a recent Russian survey: "100 per cent of female professionals said they had been subjected to sexual harassment by their bosses, 32 per cent said they had had intercourse with them at least once and another seven per cent claimed to have been raped." Furthermore, "Eighty per cent of those who participated in the survey said they did not believe it possible to win promotion without engaging in sexual relations with their male superiors." What the f$*k is going on over there!?

Conversely, the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) here in the States received 12,510 charges of sexual harassment last year, which seems tame in comparison, but these numbers represent the first increase in these charges in seven years, and that's not good. And is it just me or does almost every woman I know have some story about inappropriate attention from a male co-worker? It almost seems petty to complain about these instances when Russian women are experiencing such widespread human rights atrocities, but it's also, hopefully, a motivator for us to exercise our rights to a workplace sans crappy sleazeballs. Of course, maybe I'm just venting because both myself and my boyfriend work from home, so this environment is riddled with sexual harassment.

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