Claiming to speak for six offended female employees, she rationalized the removal of four paintings by Kenney Mencher from CalSTRS' walls as offensive to those women. "We have a zero-tolerance policy for harassment in the workplace," Macintyre stated, forgetting that the First Amendment allows for no exceptions to the freedom of speech clause.
And since when did the "objectification of women" (her words) become the equivalent of harassment? Men looking at women in a painting, not men groping women in the office. Has the spokesperson, a woman herself, forgotten the hard-fought gains made on her behalf by civil rights advocates, women and men, who insisted that the workplace be gender-neutral?
- Emil Bernstein, Sacramento