OPINION: Time to stop lewd comments

Albany Advertiser

You’d think with the recent coverage of the Harvey Weinstein and Don Burke allegations that men would rein in the lewd ehaviour.

That’s not the case.

Just ask a waitress, bar worker or corporate staffer.

Comments on the appearance or clothing of a woman in the workplace, or as a customer, are not appropriate.

It is not a compliment, it’s creepy.

It’s not light-hearted fun, it’s demeaning.

It may not be criminal, but it’s inappropriate.

Compliment someone on their work, not their looks.

If you’re out there making snide remarks or giggling with your blokey pals about a woman walking by, or serving you, grow up.

Your daughter, sister or mother would be ashamed of you.

Surely these types of men are now reconsidering their actions in the wake of the #MeToo campaign which has caught out Matt Lauer and other prominent figures.

The real result will be if there are genuine consequences for these men and some feeling of justice for the women who put up with their immature and creepy behaviour.

The #MeToo movement has shone a light on why many industries are still dominated by men.

Hopefully it illuminates that gender equality issues in the workplace and community are not purely based around salaries.

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