Question of the week #28
There are many men who make sexual innuendos and my sense is that most of them do not even realize that they are offending the women in the room. That certainly does not make it okay. I am not saying you can't teach an old dog new tricks but you can call them on the mat when they do it. I have called a few on the mat and they have profusely apologized and then they do it again.
With that being said, here is the question of the week:
I'm an occasional watcher of The Chew,
frequent enough to notice that Mario Batali shamelessly flirts with
every female celebrity guest, while making sexual innuendos. I find it
offensive and degrading to women. Am I alone? Disappointing that ABC
I happen to know Mario. He is full of life and he is also a very intelligent man. He is beyond well read, has a head for business and has serious street smarts. I'm a fan. He also flirts shamelessly with women for whatever reason.
Should ABC do something about that? If he continues to get the ratings they are not going to say a word. If a woman barks back at him on air when it happens then perhaps things will change. I doubt it but it might make ABC think about how as a network they are condoning his behavior.
What I wonder is where did that kind of behavior start? Did the men I know have fathers who did the same thing? As young men was it their way of getting a womans attention? Did it make them feel less insecure by openly flirting because women reacted to it? Perhaps it is all of those reasons.
Bottom line in a professional environment it is not okay for men to say inappropriate comments to women. Unfortunately it happens all the time. I wrote about this when I answered the question regarding the inapproprate behavior at the PyCon conference. It is up to us as women who are flirted with inappropriately or asked questions that are irrelevant to the conversation to speak up and say no it is not ok to talk to me like that. Until then, this conversation will continue going on for years to come.