Last login: Thursday, July 18, 2013
Jason Roe misses the salient nature of Filner's offense. Roe believes it was the nonconsensual nature that wounds most. Wrong! What wounds most is the abuse of power wielded for personal gain.
In this case, the gain is sexual gratification and a power high. Filner's demand just as easily could have been a monetary extortion: "Give me a 10% of your paycheck and you can keep your job."
Filner is using his position of authority to exact something to which his is not legally or morally entitled. Because his demand is personally invasive and comes from an ugly, perverted old man, the abuse of power is called by another, less civically relevant term: sex scandal.
Jason Roe misses this in his analysis completely.
KPBS should have talked to a female political professional or scholar about this. Shame on you for giving voice to this obtuse perspective.
July 18, 2013 at 8:39 a.m.
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