September 23, 2005

Foreplay in the news

News item:
Construction workers at a central Napier building site have been read the riot act after two complaints involving "unacceptable behaviour" towards women walking by.
Herbert Construction issued a notice advising workers to "button it" or risk being "evicted from the site for good".
The company's notices states: "Sexual harassment of passers-by will not be tolerated", and goes on to declare that anyone on-site caught wolf-whistling or making obscene comments would be removed permanently.
Primness rules again. I - and, I suspect, plenty of women - regard it as a great compliment when some hunk dangling from a scaffold whistles or shouts obscenities at me. At my age I appreciate all the small mercies from strangers I can get.

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