RI State Legislator Confused On Purpose Of Sexual Harassment Training

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It’s not supposed to be a how-to guide.

In an impressive feat of bravado, Rhode Island State Representative Ramon Perez has gotten himself accused of sexual harassment during sexual harassment training. How does one manage to do that? Perez asked a question.

GoLocalProv reports that State Representative Moira Walsh accused Perez of inappropriate behavior.

“Sexual harassment training at the state house went really well. Well, except for the male colleague, who when it was explained that it was abhorrent to ask for sexual favors, piped up to say, “How do you do that exactly?” said Walsh about the comments by Perez.

What was Ramon Perez thinking?

RI State Representative Ramon PerezNow, without the video of the incident, it’s hard to know the exact tone Ramon Perez took, but there are a few possibilities:

  1. Perez was making a sarcastic joke, which was lost on the humorless feminists in the room. Not the smartest move, as most people know the proper etiquette during sexual harassment classes is to sit down, shut up and endure a couple hours of getting femsplained at, then hit the bars with the guys afterwards and laugh about the whole thing over drinks. (Ensuring the training’s lack of effectiveness remains constant.)
  2. Perez asked the question in a matter-of-fact manner to learn what specific behavior is prohibited. This is a common mindset among politicians. They have little interest in the broader issue, but want to know exactly where the line between prohibited and allowed behavior is. In Rhode Island, it’s typically considered “The Starting Line”.
  3. The last possibility is that when he was asked if he wanted to attend “Sexual Harassment Training”, he took the meaning literally and figured that regardless of how much sexual harassing he’s already doing, he could always use some pointers.

At the end of the day, it’s unlikely that an anti-sexual harassment class is going to have much effect on Smith Hill, the Mos Eisley of American state houses. RI House Speaker Mattiello announced the voluntary training session in response to State Representative Teresa Tanzi’s allegations of sexual harassment by her fellow legislators last October, likely because it’s a great way for people in charge of companies and governments to cover their own asses.

Meanwhile, we’ve got an institution where the individuals in the state most motivated by the pursuit of power are all located under one roof. Rhode Island politicians have a richer tradition than most of using that power to acquire money and sex. After all, the state may have voted for Hillary, but most of the men still want to be JFK.

-Tristan Pinnock, Blast Smith Hill Correspondent

Tristan's just this guy, ya know?