Women like Elizabeth and Missy are the reason why sexual harassment will continue to be an issue for years to come. Women like them want to present themselves as empowered females who can kick ass and take names of any competitors, regardless of gender. They talk about being women sticking together, and supporting each other and sisterhood.
However, women like Missy and Elizabeth are the first to turn on other women if they feel they aren’t “worth the risk”, or if they can work the situation into a personal advantage.
Women like Elizabeth and Missy are the same type of women who will cry with a coworker in the ladies room who tells them she was raped, yet they will be the first people to slut shame that coworker because she was too drunk, or too flirty when they went out for drinks that one time.
Women like Missy and Elizabeth are the reason why coworkers, acquaintances, supervisors will always question a report of harassment from other women. When approached by the accused, these types of women will throw the accuser under the bus by reassuring the accused he never made them feel uncomfortable! He’s just friendly, or like a big brother, or the office teddy bear! That other woman must be crazy, or jealous, or horny!
Women like Elizabeth and Missy are the reason why victims don’t speak up or report. They are the reason why most females, from 8 to 80 see, feel and understand that “See Something, Say Something!”, and the promise of no reprisals or negative consequences for saying something is 100% absolute bullshit.
Anyone looking for female role models or examples of what real supportive sisterhood is should look for women like Janet.