In recent months, there has been an avalanche of sexual harassment allegations against actors, politicians, and members of the media. Perhaps the most shocking were allegations against former President George H.W. Bush, candidate for Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore, and Minnesota Senator Al Franken.
It also recently emerged that Congress has paid out more than $17 million in taxpayer money to settle workplace claims since 1997. Though the report does not specify how many were sexual harassment claims, it did state that sexual harassment claims cost taxpayers $53,000 per claim on average.
And now, the Democratic candidate for Michigan's Attorney General, Dana Nessel, is bringing the issue to the forefront of her campaign. How? By promising that she won't show anyone her penis in a professional setting — because she doesn't have one.
I've watched this ad for a Democratic candidate for Michigan Attorney General a dozen times.— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 30, 2017
"When you’re choosing Michigan’s next attorney general, ask yourself this: Who can you trust most not to show you their penis in a professional setting?" https://t.co/rHVEgXocoA pic.twitter.com/1oCDdsggP0
“If the last few weeks have taught us anything, it’s that we need more women in positions of power, not less,” Nessel says in the ad. “So when you’re choosing Michigan’s next attorney general, ask yourself this: Who can you trust most not to show you their penis in a professional setting? Is it the candidate who doesn’t have a penis? I’d say so.”
“I want to tell you what you can expect me not to do,” she adds. “I will not sexually harass my staff, and I won’t tolerate it in your workplace either. I won’t walk around in a half-open bathrobe, and I’ll continue to take all sex crimes seriously just like I did as a prosecutor.”
Nessel is known for striking down Michigan's marriage equality ban a year before the Supreme Court made their ruling in 2015.
The ad was obviously got people on social media talking.
Laughing and crying and cheering all at the same time!— LindaAnnHilton (@LAWHilton) November 30, 2017
I never thought "showing your penis" would be part of a political campaign. Yet, here we are!— Anti-SS (@2461_502) November 30, 2017
Dear gawd, does she have a sister she could send to AL?— nottherealronswanson (@adsdaddy) November 30, 2017
I am thrilled she went there. Good for her. Women are at this point, you see. They just don't give a shit anymore abt anyone's shit.— Odette Roulette (@odetteroulette) November 30, 2017
Thousands of straight, old, white men just collectively gasped. The death rattle of the patriarchy begins.— ckorenowsky (@ckorenowsky) November 30, 2017
Can I just say the fire in the back is a nice touch. This is a treasure.— laney (@misslaneym) November 30, 2017
What do you think?