Is Representative Anthony Weiner a sexual harasser? I think not, based on what we know so far. Here's how I see it:
- Some stupid people are sexual harassers.
- Some sexual harassers are stupid people.
- Not all stupid people are sexual harassers.
- Not all sexual harassers are stupid people.
By stupid people, I mean those who are susceptible to making or proven to have made mistakes of judgment, especially in the realm of sexualized communications. Is there any among us who has not made a mistake of judgment, even if not in the particular nature or realm of Rep. Weiner's?
Let's be clear that sexual harassment is not simply communication of a sexual nature. It is intimidating or unwelcome speech or action of a sexual nature that impacts someone's work or educational environment. If one adult wants to "sext" another in a non-work/non-education context, that may be stupid and it may reflect on the sender's poor judgment, but it's not sexual harassment, in my opinion.