Since when do phrases such as “completely frivolous” and “attempt to criminalize” need a context? Who made the completely frivolous complaints you are referring to, what is the sexual behavior you believe is normal that someone is trying to criminalize? If they’re complaining with the intention to change prevailing standards but not asking that any law be written or any charges be filed, in what sense are they “criminalizing” anything?
Perhaps you mean the woman who said she got the feeling someone was undressing her with his eyes. Do you really not know what that means? If you don’t think that the way someone chooses to look someone up and down can constitute harrassment, I think you either haven’t been paying attention or haven’t tried to work with someone who makes gestures like that. The poster’s example of having a superior who habitually got physically closer to him than what someone would normally get in a professional setting is an example. People just trying to do their jobs shouldn’t have to put up with that.
Again, when we talk about what we’d dare to do to our bosses or an important client, somehow this all becomes clear and easy. It is only when talking about someone deemed to be in a position that they can’t complain about how we choose to act when the concept all of a sudden becomes difficult for people to grasp.
I’m not buying it. People are very clear about how to respect boundaries when it is in their own interest to do so. I don’t buy it that they’re all of a sudden blind when they’re looking out for the interests of someone who can’t do much if the treatment they’re getting makes it very clear that they aren’t particularly worthy of respect or concern.