I appreciate where this is coming from, but I think this is really dangerous thinking.
After all why should I accept someone's faults when those faults make me uncomfortable and they've shown an unwillingness to not do it?
Take us back a couple of decades to a time when women were, even in a professional environment, regular called, even in a supposedly professional environment "babe", "love", "darling" etc or worse "hot lips"... "big tits". When they were routinely groped and what would now be considered sexual abuse? When they were very much expected to sit there, look pretty, laugh at the jokes about them and not be taken seriously. Should women in such circumstances have simply accepted people for their faults and let it go on?
Or when people were happy to use derogatory racial terms to describe people. Should people have learnt to accept people for their faults?
Surely life is also too short to put up with sexual jokes that make you feel uncomfortable and in reality have no place in a professional environment?
Dog, you reaching with that one. Obviously workplace harassment is wrong. I outlined that in my post as a legitimate grievance, We're talking about abstract jokes that don't refer to anyone in particular. Tell me how "forking a repo with a big dongle" is sexually demeaning to women? You can't because the shit is so abstract.
Still, I don't think the punishment is fitting. You would be better served looking for actual sexual improprieties, rather than punishing people for cracking corny jokes. That's like pulling people over for jay walking when you get serial killers on the loose. Your arguing as if they two are somehow co-related like if only we cracked down on more jay walkers, there would be fewer serial killers. It's a slippery slope. No, you would just end up with a bunch non violent offenders behind bars.
Policing abstract innuendo's is not high on my priority. Did you know that the snozzberies referenced In Willy Wonka is a fictional euphemism for a mans reproductive organs? Now I've ruined Charlie and the Chocolate factory. Snozzberies and Dongle's sound like they belong in the same universe.
We're not robots, no one is 100% about their job that they don't engage in off topic convo's. We're all adults here, many of us have heard worse. As long as they aren't negatively polluting the work environment, I'll cut some slack. Ironically, Miss Richard's did more to harm the workplace ecology than either of those donglegate jokers did.
You act like people got to act like perfect paragons just because they put on a suit and tie and walk into an office setting, the truth of the matter is that people do all kinds of unprofessional shit on the job. I've done it, everyone's done or said some things that weren't the most appropriate. I remember at my old job I remarked on the looks of one of the waitresses at my job, I reflexively said that she looked "good" and while I meant it as a compliment and not as a pick-up line, it could have been misconstrued as such and I would have been out on my ass. If the President of the united states can't keep his foot out of his mouth at the nation's highest office, what makes you think most people can at whatever job they're work?
No matter where your work, people eventually drop their guard. I'm not saying we should change Tuesdays to make a casual rape joke day, but it's rather one sided and sophistic to make these donglegate guys out to be the poster boys for big bad workplace patriarchal bullies whilst propping up Miss Richard's as some sort of Rosa Parks of workplace sexual suffrage. It's far more complex than that.