On special feminist created holidays like “A Day without Women” or the less noxious “International Women’s Day” gifs and memes litter social media like actual litter at a climate change meeting. The memes have a theme: “Women should support women!” or some equally banal expression. Except in some cases, “women supporting women” is real. Like when there are handsy creepers lurking amongst the filing cabinets. Hoping for a little slap and tickle between faxes.
In Washington D.C., female staffers keep a “creep list” of handsy congressmen. A way to keep track of whom to avoid unless flanked by a cadre of fellow ladies, or a few trustworthy menfolk.
These are a few of the unwritten rules that some female lawmakers, staff and interns say they follow on Capitol Hill, where they say harassment and coercion is pervasive on both sides of the rotunda.
This report comes from CNN. So when they say “this is on both sides of the rotunda” what they mean is “Democrats do it, so let’s include the Republicans and call this baby bi-partisan. Make both parties guilty so it’s palatable to all!” Also, probably because some Republicans are dirty perverts.
There is also the “creep list” — an informal roster passed along by word-of-mouth, consisting of the male members most notorious for inappropriate behavior, ranging from making sexually suggestive comments or gestures to seeking physical relations with younger employees and interns.
I’d like to note here it says “younger employees and interns.” Translation: the naive. Predators of all species prey on the sick, lame, weak and the young. That’s key. Older, more seasoned ladies (and men) aren’t as easy to pick off.
CNN spoke with more than 50 lawmakers, current and former Hill aides and political veterans who have worked in Congress, the majority of whom spoke anonymously to be candid and avoid potential repercussions. With few exceptions, every person said they have personally experienced sexual harassment on the Hill or know of others who have.
Yes, this is from CNN. Yes, it’s about Washington D.C. And yes, I believe it. CNN heads their article saying this happens on Capitol Hill. I have some bad news for you: it happens everywhere. When I say “it” I mean harassment, and women warning other women about perverts, creeps and general weirdos.
Since I’m not a guy (note the byline), I’m not sure how guys tell each other about weird men, or dangerous ladies. Okay? Okay. But newsflash to any guys reading this who weren’t aware of feminine ways: women tell each other everything.
So yes, I believe there is an unwritten creep list. There are unwritten creep lists at probably any company or organization of size where men and women work together. There was an unwritten creep list at one of my previous places of employment, where older women warned me (then a young women in her early twenties) of men to be wary of. I would hope men also have a “crazy list” of women never to be alone with, lest she accuse you of being a grabby bewb demon.
Note also how people on Capitol Hill are reluctant to name names. That’s a theme. Unless it’s actual rape, it’s near impossible to have evidence of harassment. All it would take to destroy an accuser’s life is to say “Senator Ta-Ta-Lover motor boarded me in staff room C.” That senator makes a few phone calls, and she’s gone. Glorious breasts and all. His word against hers. It’s how power works. Because of this system, it often takes a fleet of accusers to go against one person.
On the flip side, one serious accusation against someone else can damage that person’s career or reputation forever. Which is why we constantly rail AGAINST false accusations. Crying wolf undermines the real victims, yes, but it also has the serious potential to destroy lives.