COMMENTARY: A wake up call for me and all menConversations with the Mayor of Hillcrest, Online Only, Top Highlights Friday, July 26th, 2013
BY NICOLE MURRAY RAMIREZ
If there is any silver lining in this ongoing City Hall mess, it’s the ongoing discussion and spotlight on sexual harassment. We men badly need to educate ourselves more and start talking to women and asking them questions to educate ourselves. In this past week I’ve talked to Dr. Delores Jacobs, Rabbi Laurie Coskey, state Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez and Susan Jester. All of these women have given me a badly needed earful.
I’ve also talked to some victims of sexual abuse, assault and harassment. Very emotional and hurtful conversations that left me ashamed that I was so ignorant about this issue. I also talked to a mother whose 9-year-old daughter is asking questions after hearing about sexual harassment allegations almost every night on the TV news programs. I hope every teen and grown man out there joins me in educating themselves about this issue. By the way gay men, we don’t get a pass in terms of how we speak to and behave around women. Thanks for listening.
Nicole Murray Ramirez has been an award-winning columnist since 1973, and a Latino and gay activist for more than 40 years. He is currently a city commissioner and has served the last six mayors of San Diego. He is also a national board member of the Harvey Milk Foundation and chairman of the International Court Council of the USA, Canada and Mexico. Nicolemrsandiego@aol.com
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