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Asking Out Smaller Women = Sex Harassment?



A late December legal deposition involved a University of Missouri case in which a male student had asked a female student on a date. Cathy Scroggs, the school’s former assistant vice chancellor of civil rights and Title IX, said that the male student “was perceived as having power over” the female student. She was then asked “and what was the nature of his power over her? Was it just his size?” to which she replied “his physical size,” according to Campus Reform.

Wow, so this is what happens when you let social justice ideologues interpret language: they bastardize it beyond the point of recognition. No, Cathy, having power over someone typically means being their boss at work or holding a gun to their head. It doesn’t mean people can accuse me of harassment just cause I’m six feet tall. Besides, I’m not sure discriminating against people of size is very progressive. But the University of Missouri’s former assistant vice chancellor and the new one, Andy Hayes, see things differently.

Andy was asked “Would you agree with me that [a certain Title IX section] only applies to situations in which the accused has some position of authority over the accuser?” She responded “or power.” When asked to distinguish between those two, Andy said “Well, I think in certain situations that a man could have power over a woman, even if there wasn’t an authority situation. I think there could be a feeling of that just by the nature of your gender.”

Now apparently three other female students had similar concerns about the accused student, so I’m not saying the guy was perfect. But to suggest that his size or the “nature” of his gender constitutes sexual harassment, that is some pretty clown world stuff right there.


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