Harassment: Senate President asks where’s the line

Harassment: Senate President asks where’s the line

The President of the Senate, Claudius Francis, has raised questions as to where the line should be drawn in the matter of gender harassment.

Francis was addressing the opening ceremony today of a conference on gender based political harassment.

He recalled that just two week ago, West Indian cricketer Chris Gayle was interviewed by a female reporter whom he invited for a drink afterwards.

“For his invitation he was find ten thousand Australian dollars, censured and was told that his career in Australia was virtually over because he may no longer be invited in the future,” Francis told the conference.

However he noted that three days later the very same reporter called Mark Waugh by the name of his twin brother, Steve.

“Recognizing her error she said to him ‘I will buy you a drink later’” Francis told the conference, adding:

“No ensure, no ten thousand dollar fine, no threat of ever being on the podium anymore. Same incident, same country, same cricket match same reporter, different outcomes.”

The Saint Lucia Senate President said he was not suggesting that Chris Gayle was right or wrong, but merely indicating that men have a difficult role to straddle because they do not know where the line has been drawn.

Francis observed that in certain countries to open a door for a female is considered a good thing to do, whereas in other countries it is considered demeaning since it suggests that the woman is a lesser person.

Said the Senate President:

“Where do we draw the line?”

“In the debates in parliament you are never sure whether to respond to what a female member of parliament says because even responding to the actual comment can sometimes be construed as responding to the person,” he declared.

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  1. Fed Up
    January 26, 2016 at 10:05 pm Reply

    Where does St. Lucia draw the line with diplomatic shenanigans?

  2. lea
    January 26, 2016 at 10:13 pm Reply

    Not surprising comments coming from YOU sir. “I’ll buy you a drink later” in the form of a light offer of apology/joke is fundamentally different from “your eyes are beautiful lets go out for a drink” and then a further “dont blush baby” when the woman is clearly not impressed. but like I said not surprising from you.

  3. Palo
    January 26, 2016 at 11:52 pm Reply

    Thanks for saying that Lea, I thought the difference was obvious!!! Not to mention the reporter and Mr Waugh may have a collegiate relationship. Sleaze v apology is the difference.

  4. Filozoff
    January 26, 2016 at 11:56 pm Reply

    A well bred gentleman with decorum always knows where the line is. Those who have taken from women what they were not given willingly would not know.

  5. Boujon Guiyave
    January 28, 2016 at 4:12 am Reply


    You are right when and only when these well cultured gentlemen encounters well balanced, mature and secure women. Your arguement don’t hold when you are dealing with women who don’t have to do with men.

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