No divorced woman has it easy. But in Russia, it just became harder.
A working mom seeking to become the third woman ever to successfully bring a sexual harrassment case in Russia was dealt a jolting blow when the judge threw out her case citing — get ready for this — that sexual harassment is actually necessary for the survival of the human race.
Well, let's see how women around the world race to rebuke such a retro ruling. (Even Saudi Arabia caved in from global pressure after a judge ruled that a rape was a woman's fault.)
The woman had allegedly been locked out of her office after she refused to have sex with her 47-year-old boss.
"He always demanded that female workers signalled to him with their eyes that they desperately wanted to be laid on the boardroom table as soon as he gave the word," she told the court. "I didn't realize at first that he wasn't speaking metaphorically."
As reported in Foreign Policy, the judge said he threw out the case not through lack of evidence but because the employer had acted gallantly rather than criminally.
"If we had no sexual harassment we would have no children," the judge ruled.
According to a recent Russian survey, 100 percent of female professionals said they had been subjected to sexual harassment by their bosses, 32 percent said they had had intercourse with them at least once and another seven percent claimed to have been raped.
After this ruling, someone has got to say "Nyet"... as in, "No, not yet buddy."