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Getting Rid of Sexual Harassment

I thought I would get a balanced appraisal on the issue of sexual harassment, but I was very disappointed as I read on.

I was appalled by the public bullying Anita Hill received from the inquisitorial senators on the all-male committee; but I was equally appalled at the public scorn and humiliation that Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas received. The image of that man sitting alone before the inquisitors absorbing innuendo and abuse is permanently etched in my mind. To mention one victim and to ignore the other does not give a balanced picture.

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I agree without qualification that "what many men `don't get' are the inner, spiritual dimensions of manhood as well as womanhood, something a lot of women `don't get' either." I find, however, the statement: "The behavior comes out of an attitude - a failure on the part of men to recognize the complete humanity of women," an example of not understanding the spiritual dimensions of manhood. I know the statement is not an accurate reflection of my attitude as a man.

The editorial wisely concludes that "final healing will take place only as the full identity of men and women is appreciated." I do not think the editorial contributed to that appreciation. Rather than healing, it added fuel to the fire. Donald B. Harris, Williamsburg, Va.

Letters are welcome. Only a selection can be published, subject to condensation, and none acknowledged. Please address them to "Readers Write," One Norway St., Boston, MA 02115.

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