Do we really have to go over this again? It hardly seems possible that, once more, people need to be reminded that women do not bring on or invite sexual harassment or assault. Yet here we are, with the ongoing investigation into harassment and assault by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. While a few celebrities have spoken out against Weinstein's deplorable behavior, many have remained silent.
"I wasn't trying to offend anyone." This seriously has to be among the most ludicrous cop-outs of all time. These six silly words make it clear that: • The speaker or writer actually knows that he or she offended someone. • The speaker or writer is pathetically unaware of the difference between effect and intent. • The recipient should suck it up and get over the allegedly unintended and non-harmful remark.