As the Me Too movement progresses, it has brought conversations about sexual harassment into the mainstream. While the most publicized stories have come from Hollywood and the media, the movement has shed light on allegations against people in many other workplaces — including right down the street at the Texas Legislature. This week, The Daily Texan Forum page highlights three pieces that discuss how we can combat the culture of harassment that pervades most industries.
Audrey Mross, a woman’s employment lawyer, compares the Me Too movement to another significant moment in the struggle for workplace equality: Anita Hill’s accusations of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas. She outlines tangible steps that we can take this time around to create lasting progress toward creating workplace environments free from harassment.
Rep. Gina Hinojosa speaks out against sexual misconduct within the Texas government. Writing about her past experience with sexual intimidation, she empathizes with young women who remain victims of the power differential in Texas politics. In order to undermine this culture of inequality, Rep. Hinojosa advocates for the election of more women and underrepresented populations into power.
Finally, Haydn DePriest, a communications junior, recounts recent revelations regarding Aziz Ansari, and calls on us to consider the definition and importance of consent in our own personal relationships.
We hope to continue and expand on this necessary conversation about the Me Too movement and sexual harassment on the Forum page. If you have perspectives on this subject or any other, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nemawarkar is a Plan II and government junior from Austin. Shirvaikar is a math and economics junior from Frisco. Anderson is a Plan II and history sophomore from Houston.