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This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Opus 2011-76, Political Correctness: A Lesson in Sexual Harassment

Recently, at out school we were given a lesson to cover in a weekly session called “Advisory.”  The topic was sexual harassment, an issue that is real and does need to be dealt with.  I am not sure that seventh grade is the place to do it, but no one is asking me.  My real problem was not with the subject but with the political correctness and obvious distortion that was going on in the process.

Let me start with the three part definition.

First it says that sexual harassment is sexual in nature.  Even public school administrators seem to be able to figure that out.  So far, so good.

Second, it is unwelcome;  The question I asked the students was, “If this young man asks this young lady out on a date, is it sexual harassment if she does not want to go?”  I could have also asked, “Is it sexual harassment if she says ‘no’ since that is an unwelcome response for the boy?”

Third, it “denies or limits a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from a school’s education program.”  I shared how when I was in junior high we took a shower at the end of P.E.  According to this definition it would be sexual harassment if they school did not let me take a shower with the girls.  I would have certainly considered that a benefit of the school’s education program.  This would also put campus construction and teachers’ absences as sexual harassment.

We can get as silly as we want but the point is the key to sexual harassment is repeated actions of a sexual nature in which the initiator has been told the advance is not welcome.  The definition given by the school has nothing to do with the real issue but it is wonderful for brainwashing purposes.

As they gave examples they continued the distortion.  An example of sexual harassment was “touching of a sexual nature.”  This is so broad that it is offensive.  Holding hands is sexual harassment?  Kissing my wife goodbye is sexual harassment?  Sheesh!

Another example is even broader, “talking about others’ body (sic) in a way that makes the person addressed feel uncomfortable.”  I have big feet, a big nose and wear glasses.  I am overweight and bald.  I work with seventh graders.  This would make a large part of their comments sexual harassment.  This is insane.  This is typical of modern education.  If I am at a baseball game and I tell the nutcase in front of me to sit down, this would be sexual harassment. 

The source of this nonsense is given as  I don’t know how much you know about the internet but if this were a bibliographical reference given to me by one of my seventh graders, I would reject it.  If this were an example of research I would question the thinking that went behind it.

This is your tax dollars at work. 

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