Many people can’t understand why a woman would have sex with someone just to keep her job.
I am guessing those same folks would understand not wanting to piss off your boss. Risk getting fired, or worse, blackballed in an industry you’ve worked really hard to establish yourself in. Not wanting to anger the person who holds your economic security in his or her hand.
Talk show host Dave Letterman recently admitted to having sexual relationships with some of the women on his staff.
Though he didn’t reveal details (and in this case, I doubt we’d want ‘em), it brings up an interesting and long standing challenge that women face.
Women still sometimes find themselves valued for their sexuality rather than their talent. Or the two get mixed up all together and many women have to compromise themselves (engage in sex) to create opportunities to use their other talents—all with the hope of gaining or maintaining, economic security. Sound familiar?
In the 1800s many women turned to prostitution because their sexuality was the only thing they had of any perceived value. Native women were often forced to compromise themselves simply to survive. Is it really so different today?
Maybe it would have been fine for Letterman’s female staffers to reject him. Maybe he wouldn’t have used his professional influence to hurt them professionally as a response. Maybe he would take the high road and maintained emotional maturity. Oh, BUT WAIT. This is a married many who thought it appropriate to have sex with female subordinates.
We don’t know how many were single, how many had kids dependent on them. How many had worked really hard to get where they were professionally and didn’t want to risk it. The point is none of that matters. Because if even ONE of these women felt they had to have sex with Letterman or lose their position, job, or professional reputation, then this was horribly wrong. And because a superior can NEVER know if they might make someone feel that way, they should NEVER force a woman into that position. Any position, if you know what I mean.