Firing an 'Irresistible' Woman Is Not a Victory for Family Values

Paul Pauker
Nearly everyone has, by now, heard about the dentist who fired his assistant because he and his wife saw the woman as a threat to their marriage.  On December 21, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that a female employee who has not engaged in flirtatious behavior, and has not done anything wrong, could still be legally fired simply because her male boss views her as an "irresistible attraction." While this seems like a line of reasoning that would draw the ire of liberals and feminists, the ruling has received support from some unlikely sources.  For example, Keli Goff, writing at the Huffington Post, titled her response, "Why Most Women Agree With the 'Irresistibly Attractive' Ruling (Even If They Won't Admit It)"  Goff framed the ruling in the context of fear; namely, a woman's fear of her "significant other" having an affair with an attractive coworker.  What Goff failed to realize, though, is that every woman -- whether stereotyped a Hollywood beauty, or...(Read Full Post)

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