It’s been 17 years since the phrase “Me Too” was coined as a means of bringing awareness to sexual abuse and harassment. Sixty years since the Equal Pay Act passed. Six years since celebrity chef John Besh left his own company in a flurry of headlines after allegations of sexual harassment by 25 different women.
Yet here we are. The Scene receives tips about sexual harassment in Nashville’s hospitality industry with stunning regularity. Among the things reported: Women are asked to dress in short skirts and low-cut shirts to work behind a bar, or to lose weight before going onstage in prime time. They are cornered in walk-in coolers and called names. They’re groped. And assaulted.
It feels like we ought to be past this by this point. Read Article.