“The Senate unanimously approved legislation late Thursday that institutes mandatory sexual harassment training for senators and aides — a potentially meaningful shift amid calls for overhauling Capitol Hill’s system for handling harassment complaints.”
I was able to acquire an actual audiotape of the first meeting of the sexual harrassment training for Congress. I have changed the names to protect my congressman.
From the audiotape:
Anonymous Congressman: Hey, babe, is this the place for the sex training?
9 year old girl: Hi Mister, yes, this is the place for your training.
AC: So, who is running this show?
9YO: I am . I was asked by my mommy to talk to you all today.
AC: Aren’t you a little young to teach us how to harrass women?
9YO: No, Mister. I am here to help you learn how to be good.
AC: Oh, oops. I misunderstood. The email said “sexual harrassment training”. I thought someone would teach me how to harrass my female employees and not get caught.
9YO: No, Mister. I am supposed to help you understand that sex stuff is wrong.
AC: Ouch. Boy am I embarrassed. So, what do I need to know?
9YO: Well, you should be nice to people.
AC: But what if I really want to touch a woman. You know, I really want to. I can hardly control myself. And I am the boss.
9YO: You should not touch anyone who doesn’t want to be touched. It’s not nice.
AC: OK. I never knew that ! Wow! So, if I am the boss I should not just like kiss her or grab her by her..uh.. private parts. You know, like President Trump.
9YO: No, that is wrong. That is being a bad man. You should never touch anyone who does not want to be touched.
AC: So, it would be wrong to just grab a woman? Really? I never knew that. What if I say sexy stuff to her? Like Clarence Thomas.
9YO: No. That is bad. You should not say sexy words to someone in the workplace. You should never say things to make them afraid or sad. That is bad.
AC: Wow. I never knew that. So I should not make commensts to women about having sex with me or force a women to have sex on my desk. Like Matt Lauer.
9YO: NO! That is called rape. That is a bad thing. Do not do that. That is very naughty. Don’t you understand?
AC: What if I “accidently” grab a female on her butt? I mean, what if it is an accident? Like Al Franken?
9YO: NO! You are making me mad ! No. No. No. That is wrong. Don’t touch.
AC: Well, I am trying. But I never knew that was wrong. I am learning so much today that I never knew! Let me see if I understand. I should not touch women or girls if they don’t want to be touched. I should not say sexy things to women in the workplace. I should not rape women, even if they are working for me?
9YO: Yes. Now you understand. That is called sex harrassment. That is wrong. I learned in Kindergarten that you should not touch others. Didn’t you ever go to Kindergarten? My teacher said to never touch others who do not want to be touched.
AC: OK. I get it. Thank you for this training. I never knew that it was wrong to touch or kiss or rape a woman. This training has really opened my mind.
(The 9 year old leaves the room but the tape is still running.)
AC: (talking to an aide). That girl was really HOT, wasn’t she? I was going to invite her to have dinner with me tonight at Hooters. Think that would be wrong?
End of tape.
Personal aside: The people who we elect to make our laws need to be TRAINED not to sexually harrass other human beings. Please read the previous sentence again. Then try not to cry.