I don’t mind admitting that I’m confused. Yesterday, while I’m writing about the EEOC’s increased emphasis on sexual harassment, the Wall Street Journal is offering advice on flirting.
At the same time we’re being inundated with press about General David Petraeus’ career being ruined by an affair and General John Allen’s career being threatened over “inappropriate e-mails.”
So despite the Wall Street Journal item, I don’t think there’s been any change in social norms. And one thing definitely hasn’t changed. What may be considered harmless banter in most circumstances, becomes much more serious when it gets scrutinized in court or the media.