Bebe Nicholson: Thanks so much for your exemplary comments and gracious engagement with this post, both of which are most appreciated.

You raise a good point about gender stereotypes, a point which is too often missed or results in a misassumption. It reminds me of the few sexual harassment cases that were litigated when I worked at the U.S. EEOC, in which a female boss would harass a male subordinate and create a sexually hostile work environment. This situation, while still fairly uncommon compared to the other way around, was depicted in the 1994 Hollywood blockbuster film “Disclosure” — in which the character played by actress Demi Moore sexually harassed the character played by actor Michael Douglas in a workplace setting.

Yes, everyone has their own biases, whether intentional or unintentional, conscious or unconscious, real or perceived. That’s why it’s always best to avoid stereotypes. Thanks again, Bebe, it’s always a pleasure hearing from you, and your engagement is always most welcomed.

Strategic communications consultant advancing social justice and corporate social responsibility | former career spokesman at U.S. EEOC | DC-based, NY-bred

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