It's no secret that I'm a proud, tree-hugging liberal and that I stand behind other liberals with my voice and my vote. But if a liberal does something I don't agree with I'm not going to ignore it; I believe in calling out bullshit when bullshit happens - liberal or conservative. Thus, since the country has been so focused on the narcissism of Anthony Wiener this story has not received much attention outside of California, so, it is my civic duty to dedicate this week's Fem Feature to the fall from grace of the democratic mayor of San Diego: Bob Filner.
To be honest, I didn't know much about Filner's mayoral term except that he won the election in November and is the first democratic mayor that San Diego has had in twenty years. Other than that he'd remained pretty low on my radar until July 8th, when I read that his fiance had broken off their engagement (there's nothing like a little relationship drama to pique my interest). In an email to the women with whom she was volunteering on homelessness issues she wrote, "this is the only action I can take given the development of our relationship". Red flag?
Two days later former Councilwoman and director of open government for Filner, Donna Frye, wrote the mayor a letter asking him to resign because of sexual harassment allegations. Cue shit hitting the fan...
Since Donna Frye wrote that letter on July 10th, Ten women have publicly accused Bob Filner of sexual harassment and San Diego has sued it's own mayor. The allegations range from unwanted kisses to derogatory comments, such as telling his former communications director, Irene McCormack, that she would work better "without her panties on". Coincidentally, McCormack and Filner's ex-chief of staff, Vince Hall, both resigned in June, the first sign of trouble to come.
Today begins the mayor's two-week stint in "intensive" behavioral therapy. Filner believes that we, the city, should pay for his therapy and legal fees because he claims he didn't receive the sexual harassment training that is supposed to be provided to all government employees. I guess harassment is an inherent trait. I wonder when I'll start sexually harassing people, since I've never had any training to prevent it? Basically he's placing the blame for his unwanted sexual advances on anyone but himself, especially since he has yet to admit any real wrong doing: he's apologized for the behavior but doesn't think it qualifies as sexual harassment; boys will be boys, after all.
The fact that 70 year old Filner won't admit to, or even use the words "sexual harassment", is a testament to his belief that women, even professional ones, are still commodities to be used for his sexual pleasure. And since he's in a position of power - mayor of San Diego - then women should not complain when they receive a light butt pat and sloppy kiss from him. It's time for you to go, Bob Filner. Whether you overcome your stubbornness and resign or are successfully recalled, it doesn't matter to me. I don't want a dirty old man that doesn't respect people or treat women as equals running my city. And remember to keep your hands to yourself, it doesn't take two weeks of therapy to learn that, ask any kindergartner.
What other local news has this SoCal Feminist been reading lately?
California is one of only fourteen states that still uses pepper spray to discipline juvenile offenders.
San Diego is the first city in the country to have a dog bathroom inside it's airport.
Marines at Camp Pendleton attend annual training and courses on preventing sexual assault in the military.
The San Diego school board will decide if middle school and high school teachers should teach students about the Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman case.
San Diego has reported the highest incidence of child sex-trafficking.
Myrtle Cole, who was endorsed by Bob Filner, is one of the very few San Diego councilmembers who has not asked the mayor to resign.
No epidural needed here: former Marine gives birth to her son in the car on the way to the hospital - "I just reached down and grabbed him and pulled him on my lap".
Study finds that San Diego girls abuse drugs and alcohol more than boys.
The controversial (but still adorable) yoga program in Encinitas elementary public schools has just received a $1.4 million grant to expand. Bust out those tiny yoga mats and Namaste.
Will Governor Brown sign a bill that allows transgender students to choose which sports, bathrooms, and locker rooms they use? I hope so.
Tijuana, Mexico, has launched La Linea Rosa, The Pink Line, a bus service for women, children, elderly, and disabled riders.
A gay teacher is fired from a Catholic school after photos of his wedding are discovered online.
Bathroom politics for Skid Row's homeless.
LA's archbishop advocates for immigrant's rights.