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Olive Branch on a Hill

The story this week is that Clarence Thomas’s wife, Virginia, has called Anita Hill to “ask” that she apologize for her 1991 accusations of sexual harassment against Thomas.  She called the phone message an “olive branch.”

A pretty thorny branch if you ask me.

Anita rightfully told the press that she had nothing to apologize for and basically the Thomas’s could stick it where the sun don’t shine.

In a time of sensitivity training run amok, the fact remains that reporting sexual harassment can be a pretty awful experience for the victim.  When I was in my early twenties, I began working for a medium sized exhibit house as a freight clerk.  One day, an employee who had befriended me asked if I would give him a ride to the local liquor store to cash his paycheck.  I was going anyway, so of course I said yes.  Came back and went about my day.

The next morning I had two people, one of whom was my direct supervisor, tell me that this person was going around the warehouse telling people we had sex in my car.  I was mortified and very scared.  I didn’t know this person and I’d only been working there less than a month.  I called my mom and asked her what to do.  She helped me draft a letter of complaint.

I went through the proper channels, was sufficiently grilled on all the circumstances…and when the time came, both people who told me of the rumor lied to “protect” themselves and said they never told me anything.  The male employee was essentially acquitted of any wrong doing and to be honest, I still have no idea if he said it or not.  I was fired shortly thereafter and obviously never felt comfortable going to the office again after that, anyway.

I’m sure in this great wide world there are women who make up things for fame, for money, for drama.  Anita Hill is a professionally accomplished woman, a professor, who stood to gain almost nothing, from what I can gather, out of coming forward in front of a congressional committee filled with men who are going to meet her accusations with skepticism from the outset.

Virginia Thomas should be ashamed of herself.  She should also take a big ol’ hint that the world doesn’t revolve around her or her husband after it stopped focusing on them in ’91.  She should also take a hint that just because she doesn’t believe in women’s rights doesn’t mean the rest of us give a damn about her opinion.

Written by thelittlepecan

October 21, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Posted in politics

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  1. That was no olive branch.

    Mother Phoenix

    October 21, 2010 at 8:50 pm

  2. I read about that yesterday. It just seemed so freaking catty to me. The reason she says is ridiculous too. There was no need to extend a branch. These people are not going to be pressing olives together.


    October 21, 2010 at 8:17 pm

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