“These days, right, if you sexually harass someone…”

Sometimes columnists accidentally reveal more about themselves than they perhaps intended. Iain MacWhirter in The Herald:

Doing any of those things without consent is sexual harassment, and the Herald’s self-appointed Defender of Women should know that.

Emma Rich of Engender Scotland:

Sexual harassment is sex discrimination & a human rights violation. For decades, unwanted hair stroking, touching, and kissing have been understood to be sexual harassment.

As one commenter put it:

Who the fuck is going round stroking people’s hair and thinking that’s normal?

Rich posted some statistics from a recent TUC survey:

  • Nearly 1/4 of women have experienced unwanted touching (such as a hand on the knee or lower back)
  • More than one in ten women reported experienced unwanted sexual touching or attempts to kiss them.

Author and Scotsman columnist Laura Waddell:

What does it say about the security of women’s rights when leading Scottish political columnists like Macwhirter feel completely comfortable and unashamed repeatedly diminishing the idea of consent? Women-hating garbage.