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AJ's chauvinism goes back to 2007

Published:Saturday | November 8, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Why the fuss over A.J. Nicholson's latest comments? Where were all of the now-offended women's groups and other interested parties when, in 2007, A.J. remarked, "This committee is not going to outlaw lovemaking in Jamaica! It is not going to outlaw the whispering of sweet nothings! Don't bother with that!"

This was in response to the proposal to stop sexual harassment at the workplace. Are these females who are subject to this kind of abuse any less worthy than the female senator to whom Mr Nicholson was addressing at the time of his remark?

The reason why he and others of his kind are allowed to spew garbage is because we don't act unless it affects us personally or socially. Had the groups who are now up in arms over this "flexi-rape" comment been heard and united over the workplace sexual-harassment comment, maybe we would have been spared this latest episode.

We need to be consistent on what we allow our public figures to do on our behalf. They must know if they cross the line, they should go. This, sadly, is not part of our political culture, but the Jamaican people need to send a strong message that this is the new norm.

Don't wait to be told to resign, do the honourable thing and go.

PATRICK ROACH

pgerry2001@yahoo.com

Toronto, Canada