To the Editor:
Naomi Munson’s article, “Harassment Blues” [February], is the most insightful piece I have ever read on women in the workplace, and the women’s movement in general. . . . As a woman in a nontraditional field (I am a silversmith), I have long been embarrassed by the antics of some of the more radical feminists because people assume that I am one of them.
During what seemed the endless days of Anita Hill’s testimony, a woman of my acquaintance asked me when I thought women would “finally come into their own.” I replied that perhaps I wasn’t the person to answer that because learning to use a blowtorch when I became a silversmith had given me a completely different approach to the “empowerment of women.” I then asked her, quite sincerely, “What harm has Clarence Thomas done to Professor Hill, even if the charges are true?” I went on to say that being a professor of law is hardly demeaning, that Hill admitted that Thomas helped her to get the job, and that he did not rape her, or even attempt to, so what was her gripe? My friend left in a huff.
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