I have a mate who reckons that tall men always get women, and often as many as they want…especially if they stand on their wallet, their fame or their powerbase.
Catriona McLennan writes in the Herald about exactly this behaviour and that of Len Brown’s.
Powerful, older men caught having affairs with young, non-powerful women invariably say that the matter is a private one between them and their families.
It is not.
The reason is that the men have used their positions to obtain sex from the young women. This happens every day in New Zealand and all over the world.
It is a widespread pattern of behaviour which involves men exploiting women. Were it not for the man’s office, the young woman would not be having sex with him.
The pervasiveness of the behaviour means that it is not isolated and private: it actually constitutes sexual harassment and discrimination.
Pressure on the young woman by the man may sometimes be subtle. At other times, it may be overt. The young woman may receive the message that she will get advancement if she provides sex – or that, if she does not provide sex, she will be denied promotion or punished in other ways.
We are all familiar with powerful men with repeat patterns of behaviour of inviting young women to dinner to “discuss your career”. These men do not give similar invitations to men, or to older women who are new to the workforce.
Look at the legal profession, the business community, the media and other sectors – it is happening everywhere.
What these men are conveying to the young women is that it does not matter how qualified, intelligent or hard-working they are, their advancement remains dependent on providing sex to men.
This has been the case for thousands of years and each new example which becomes public reminds us that the position has not changed. Â Read more »