Michigan's Attorney General candidate Dana Nessel has an interesting idea to stop sexual harassment in the workplace.
“Who can you trust most not to show you their penis in a professional setting? That would be the candidate who doesn’t have one.”
Nessel says that she's noticed most of the harassers are men and sex scandals seem to rarely involve women as the aggressors.
“If you get more women in office, if you get more women in positions of authority, you’re less likely to have issues where someone is pulling out their penis at an inappropriate time in the the workplace.
I’m not saying that all men harass and I’m certainly not saying that women are incapable of sexually harassing, but I know from many years serving as an assistant prosecutor prosecuting sex crimes, honestly, the vast, vast majority of those cases do involve men. So I thought that point needed to be made.”
In her campaign ad, she makes her point with the attention grabbing line by substituting the word "man" with "penis", but the message remains the same.
"Yes, this is tongue-in-cheek. But again, it was to mirror something that is unfortunately a reality that we’re facing and that we’re hearing about all day, every day.
The fact of the matter is this, in Michigan only 20 percent of our legislature is comprised of women. We know that the fewer women you have in positions of authority, the more likely you are to see this type of abuse. It just doesn’t happen nearly as much when you have women in positions of power.
And we need to have equal representation. I think we would see a lot less of these sex scandals if we did.”