Unfortunately, it will be a while before I get to the next ethics topic. Accompanied by the ProEthics acting troupe, The Ethical Arts Players, I’ll be running not just one but two harassment awareness and avoidance trainings today. Avoiding harassing conduct is only applied ethics after all; it should be easy, but it isn’t.
I’ll be talking about some high profile cases that have been discussed here: the Trump-Billy Bush video, naturally; Ellen Degeneris’s cute sexual harassment of Jake Gyllenhaal on television that nobody complained about because…she’s Ellen! ; and the most relevant of all for the group I’ll be talking to, made up of scientists and academics, this story.
Sexual harassers come in many varieties, and this reminds me that I need to write more about the topic. Here are 15 types that have been identified in the wild so far, but hybrids and mutants are also out there:
- The Power Player: A “quid pro quo” harasser: the boss.
- The Counselor: Exploiting mentor relationships, abusing tryst
- The Leader of the Pack: Leading group embarrassment or marginalization
- The Serial Harasser: The Intentional and shameless abuser. With all that has gone on in the law and public eye, they are still out there in force.
- The Groper: Hands and Eyes. Yes, that’s Joe Biden…
- The Opportunist: Awaiting their chances, and ready to pounce on the trusting, vulnerable and needy
- The Bully : Sexual harassment as punishment, manipulation or just for sadistic fun
- The Confidante: Building trust to abuse it, that Platonic friend who’s not really platonic.
- The Pest: Polite, but not taking “no” for an answer
- The Sympathetic Harasser – Exploiting a crisis
- The Gallant: Misusing compliment and manners to marginalize, the kind of harassment women often don’t notice. (Barack Obama is one.)
- The Nerd: Socially inept individuals who desire the attentions of their targets, and who often don’t see that they do not reciprocate these feelings.
- The Stalker: Watching, trailing, bothering, tracking. The most dangerous harasser.
- The Blunderer : An accidental or clueless harasser
- The Star: The open harasser who’s status prevents him from being called one, or called to account.