Nope. It's unacceptable because there's a strong likelihood that if you do it, you'll be engaging in some form of sexual assault or abuse.arbiteroftruth wrote:And the reason that's unacceptable is due to the power imbalance, correct?
The more power you have over someone, the harder it becomes to determine whether or not they are wholly and happily consenting to whatever it is you're doing to them. The power imbalance between an employee and an employer is overwhelmingly in favor of the employer -- at least in America. This makes determination of consent very hard -- which, in turn, is what makes it such an extraordinarily bad idea for employers to make sexual advances toward their employees.
This power imbalance becomes less of a problem in situations where consent is easier to determine. That's why the marriage example works: Two people who have a pre-established sexual relationship can determine consent much more readily than two people who don't.
In short, what makes these sort of advances wrong isn't that there's a power-imbalance; it's that this power-imbalance makes it much harder for the initiating party to know whether or not this is consensual.
EDIT: Well, this, and the fact that I legitimately doubt people like Weinstein actually give a flying fuck about consent.
So, okay. Somewhere between Step 2 and Step 3, you abandoned any notion of actually breaking down the discussion and decided to misrepresent my position with the textual equivalent of a whiny, squeaky, mocking voice. I guess your username is meant ironically?arbiteroftruth wrote:A: Sexual advances toward someone over whom you have power is almost always unacceptable.
B: There's almost always a certain amount of power imbalance between people. I think we need a more nuanced standard of behavior.
A: We're not talking about attempts at responsible advances; we're talking about groping, and you're terrible for not realizing that.
C: Wait, you totally were talking about the power imbalance and not the nature of the advances.
A: That's not accurate. What I was actually saying was that sexual advances toward someone over whom you have power are almost always unacceptable.
C: Is...is that not what I said you were saying?
Anyway, this -- along with your inability to tell the difference between "Here's a good starting point" versus "Here's an immutable axiom we must all follow" -- indicates to me that reading comprehension is not your strong suit, and further discussion with you would likely not be very productive.