Yet again, when a woman says she was sexually harassed, the court wants to know about her outfit. Vivienne Dye says Commonwealth Bank manager Michael Blomfield sexually harassed and bullied her before she lost her job, but his lawyer wants to put the blame for the harassment on the victim – or, rather, on her cleavage:
Ms Dye accuses Mr Blomfield of attempting to kiss her, making sexually suggestive comments about his own prowess and leering at her breasts at the office party. A photograph of Ms Dye with colleagues tendered during the hearing shows her wearing white jeans, a pink scarf around her waist and a white top Ms Dye agreed was ”very low cut”.
”Would you agree that anyone, male or female, if [they] saw you from the front that night would hardly fail to notice your breasts?” Mr Gray asked.
”No, I would not.” She denied her G-string had been visible above her trousers at the back.
”At least one person pointed that out to you,” Mr Gray said. ”No,” she replied.
Right, so when underwear sneaks above the top of your trousers, as it sometimes does, that means it’s ok to be sexually harassed? And because she was wearing a low-cut top, then she was clearly asking for it?
Some men will leer at breasts whether they’re in a bikini or in a skivvy with a cardigan over the top. Waitressing as a uni student, I lost count of the number of “respectable” middle-aged men who wouldn’t be able to pick my face in a line up, but they could recognise my boobs despite them being under a t-shirt. At one point when yet another customer asked my boobs for a coffee, I asked if he wanted breast milk with that. He went red and scurried away, but I bet he just found another cafe where he could ogle breasts.