A Fairfax exclusive: men are pursuing good sorts, readers told

I’m a young barrister. Let me tell you about the ubiquitous nature of sexual harassment.

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76 Responses to A Fairfax exclusive: men are pursuing good sorts, readers told

  1. stackja

    Maybe all women should return to the safety of the kitchen?

  2. candy

    This all sounds so very exaggerated that it makes a mockery of real abuse that possibly happened to a younger lass who was too scared to say anything.

  3. nb

    Josie Dempster’s definition of sexual harassment:
    ‘Touching, staring, lewd remarks, invasive questions about my private life. Comments about my appearance, my body. Mostly in a professional context but occasionally in a personal one.’

  4. notafan

    I like your haircut.

    How dare you!

  5. Bruce of Newcastle

    At this rate homo sapiens will cease to breed by 2030.

  6. A reader

    Was talking with a lady who recently turned 60. She was lamenting that her 3 otherwise attractive children in their late 20s were all single. I pointed out that as they don’t drink, they don’t go and get pissed and meet in sleazy night clubs and if you were brave enough to go up to a woman in the street and try to flirt you’d abused and your career ruined.

  7. shatterzzz

    I tstarted to read it thru but when “staring” is listed as sexual harassment I guessed where it was going and LEFT!

  8. Not that Peter

    @Bruce.

    Not so: there’ll still be plenty of Africans, South Americans and Arabs. It’s only Western Europeans and their ilk who’ll fade out. I forget who said it, but it’s true: the future belongs to those who show up.

  9. Major Elvis Newton

    Perhaps Barrister Josie should re-evaluate all the time, trouble and expense she clearly goes to with regards to clothing, make-up, hair care and personal hygiene.

    Of course she will claim that she is doing it for her own personal fulfillment and not for the uninvited aesthetic objectification by others.

    And pigs might also take flight.

  10. twostix

    The reason I do not intend to call out my perpetrators is because I could not possibly recall all of the people who have ever wronged me, nor all of the occasions on which I have been harassed.

    Just one will do, thanks.

  11. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    She’d be a dud bash to start with, she’s not “a good sort”.

    “I’m a barrister” she announces.

    “Well it’s your shout, you earn $500 an hour. I’m a brickie’s labourer on $50. If you’re lucky I’ll give yer one before the night is out … if I feel like it.”

    Gees they have got a bit ahead of themselves, haven’t they?

  12. duncanm

    The reason I do not intend to call out my perpetrators is because I could not possibly recall all of the people who have ever wronged me, nor all of the occasions on which I have been harassed.

    She really isn’t very bright. It’s clearly all the straight males (and lezzos.. this is a young lawyer we’re talking about) at her current and previous workplaces.

  13. Slim Cognito

    One would think that young Josie might have a reasonable grasp of the principle of “innocent until proven guilty” when it comes to Heydon. Apparently they don’t teach that at law school anymore as it gets in the way of “tha feelz”.

  14. Slim Cognito

    Not hard to find her previous ( and now deemed guilty) employers.

    EXPERIENCE
    Jan 2016 – August 2018 Lawyer/Associate Sparke Helmore Lawyers
    Dec 2014 – January 2016 Graduate Lawyer/Solicitor DLA Piper
    Feb 2011 – Nov 2014 Paralegal DLA Piper, Maddocks, United Legal

  15. Delta

    From the article: Almost always perpetrated by men

    Oh, that’s a relief.

  16. Lee

    “I’m a young barrister.”

    Poor diddums; you’re income is probably several times that of mine.

  17. MACK

    For her next article she could address the history of the saying: “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”.

  18. Lee

    “I’m a young barrister.”

    Poor diddums; your income is probably several times that of mine.

  19. Infidel Tiger King

    If the world were righteous she would be a barista.

  20. Major Elvis Newton

    Be brave. Stop inappropriate behaviour in its tracks. Call out your friends and colleagues. And lastly, think of the strong women you know who may not be able to find their voice in times of discomfort and despair. Be their voice.

    I’d be pretty confident in predicting that when it comes to #BelieveAllWomen, Barrister Josie favours Christine Blasey Ford over Juanita Broaddrick or Tara Reade.

  21. calli

    I am not writing this article to cast blame or induce feelings of guilt. In fact, I have no intention of naming my perpetrators. Not because I am scared of them. And certainly not because I want to protect them.

    No, of course not.

    And, Barrister Josie, you know and we know perfectly well why you won’t.

    Now go away.

  22. Dave in Marybrook

    Ally McBeal… Rake… Suits.. Silks… even a bit of Sapphic thrill in Janet King…
    Thanks to TV, we all know what those high flyers in rat-tailed wigs are up to in the cloakroom. You’d have to go all the way back to Rumpole of the Bailey to see a legal chambers drama that wasn’t all about throwing a leg over the junior partner or key defendant.

  23. Xword

    Six point five outta ten. Max.

  24. Delta A

    I lose my voice. My strength. My capacity for rage.

    A Karen robbed of her capacity for rage?

    Will never happen.

  25. Robert Thomson

    They’ll give any idiot a law degree nowadays.

  26. Rebel with cause

    She sounds like a real barrel of laughs to work with.

  27. Tom

    Funny how good-looking chicks never complain about “sexual harrassment”.

    It’s the issue du jour for chicks whose feminist bitterness has made ugly on the inside.

    There’s nothing left to do but to rage against men, courtesy of the lesbians and their shemale servants who have taken over the leftist media.

  28. JC

    Really, she’s about a 4.6. There are limits even when it’s late Friday night and any port in the storm applies.

  29. calli

    She’s perfectly acceptable, looks-wise.

    She’s just a silly girl who happens to be a barrister. Unfortunate, but there it is. I blame the “kidadulting” of modern western culture. At her age I had three little ones and was adjusting to the interesting times in Highlands PNG.

    She will grow up. Eventually.

  30. There are no marriageable western women.

    Enjoy the decline.

  31. Bronson

    Wow way to go she just slandered by implication all her past and present employers and colleagues. Should be an interesting dynamic in her current chambers tomorrow. Who the hell would want to have absolutely anything to do with her after that fact free spray.

  32. Interesting what they teach in law school these days.

    Particularly the guest speakers they have in Garrison’s class.

    This is freaking me out dude

  33. Wayne From Perth

    For women in particular only one thing worse than being noticed is not being noticed.

    Men must be blind and suppress any natural instincts. Blinded eunuchs comes to mind.

  34. lotocoti

    think of the strong women you know who may not be able to find their voice in times of discomfort and despair.

    I can’t imagine those hypothetical strong women are particularly strong women if they’re stunned to silence when someone puts the hard word on them.

  35. calli

    who may not be able to find their voice

    Chuckle. There must be an App for that, surely?

  36. nilk

    My 17yo is more mature than this poor petal.

    As for the bleating about how she should have done more for other women, I’d like to know which women. If she’s so fired up about it, why doesn’t she name and shame? That will save other women from those terrible perpetrators (mostly male, btw), and she can curl up wth her cats and pinot grigio and fluffy cloud of smug.

  37. min

    m
    My standard reply when I had the hard word put on me The fantasy is better than the reality.

  38. duncanm

    Wayne From Perth
    #3499053, posted on June 29, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    For women in particular only one thing worse than being noticed is not being noticed.

    yup – and that’s why some of them are so pissed at the moment.

    Heads up girls, if you keep acting this way, it’ll only make it worse.

  39. Tintarella di Luna

    I would love a check-out chick from Chester Hill Coles to write an article too about her experiences

    Along the lines of — I am 29 years old. I am a woman. A daughter. A sister. A friend. I am NOT a barrister, I’m a check-out chick at Chester Hill Coles. And I have NOT ONLY been sexually harassed, but I have had my uniform re-arranged by an overly familiar customer, I’be been called a lazy slut, a coat, I’be been spat at and I have been physically assaulted by women fighting over a trolley-full of toilet paper…

  40. Exit Stage Right

    I would not want this bimbo defending me on any charge.
    I detect a little bias in her comments which is why the SMH gave her voice.
    Surely, 29 is too young to be a barrister.
    Lack of life experience I suspect.Horace would have made mincemeat of her.

  41. Tintarella di Luna

    I would not want this bimbo defending me on any charge.

    She’s clearly keeping a watching eye on her briefs.

  42. H B Bear

    Tell Tracey Spicer.

  43. Robber Baron

    I once worked for a firm of chartered accountants that employed very few women and they were physically the least attractive women in Melbourne. How any of them were married would have been a whole series for Leorard Nimoy’s “In search of” to inquire about. There was zero staff affairs to my knowledge and l was there for almost 3 years.

    One evening at the pub one of the partners told me it was firm policy to only hire men and very ugly women so the guys won’t get distracted from their work. Accountants are the most creative humans on the planet.

    I worked in an investment bank and all the women were hotties. It was like Oaks day every day. So much rooting went on that l couldn’t keep up with the gossip. Many incompetent, but hot slutty women seemed to get promoted easily. I guess they were better at their jobs than l could understand.

  44. H B Bear

    One stockbroking firm used to hire hot chicks and refer to them as “ tethered goats”, as in “ Might be a new float in it, better take a couple of tethered goats to the meeting.” Or so I am told.

  45. C.L.

    I’ve observed a few of these harassment scares over the years. I’ve noticed that when there’s one on the go, various women ‘come forward’ – usually they’re under 40 and quite attractive (at least they think so) – to write about how they’ve experienced non-stop harassment. They are saying 1) they’re in high-powered professional careers; and 2) men want to take them to dinner and/or bed. It has always been obvious to me that this is a form of boasting directed at other women. ‘What, you mean to say you’ve never been constantly harassed by powerful men? Mmkay.’

  46. JC

    calli
    #3499036, posted on June 29, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    She’s perfectly acceptable, looks-wise.

    Acceptable as in about average? Sure, that’s why I gave her a 4.6 rating. That’s 4.6 out of 10 and not the one you may be used to these days like Uber, which is out of 5. 🙂

  47. Exit Stage Right

    Look at moi, everybody wants to get into my pants. I can tell by the glances and the boys talking behind my back. So many times I can’t remember the individual instances. Can’t take it any further than that, but I’ll join the pile-on crowd.
    You may be right C.L. Attention seeking, average looking, but hey, They want me, what about you?
    Doesn’t do it for me and I’m not particularly fussy.

  48. Hodor

    Now look, as I have said before somewhere, I live in Nth Qld and I’d ride her, no worries, but when I was a younger bloke from Western NSW, I used to go for the real good sorts, because even then some blokes were a bit scared to.
    In today’s bullshit world, I have grave doubts that any young bloke will ever crack on to a good sort.

    How the hell are we ever gonna breed flash looking chicks in the future if all we get is this?
    How is this feminazi bitch ever going to have slow delicate and passionate love made to her?

  49. By a young male!!
    Shit, that’s not gonna happen,

    fast and frenetic then!!!!

  50. Megan

    These pampered, self indulgent, whining sooks have absolutely no idea of what the reality is for women outside the safe, pampered western bubble. I was 14 and cripplingly shy when I first had to stand up for myself against a creepy, handsy, disgustingly lecherous, old, replacement French teacher after the boys in our form had driven our regular teacher into a nervous breakdown. Girls in the class were forced into gymnastic contortions to avoid the roaming hands whenever we had to take our class work up for correction at his desk.

    When our never married, stereotypical, cats bum mouth headmistress had listened to our delegation of five schoolgirls cataloguing our experiences, she told us he was just being fatherly. Out of my mouth, the physically smallest and by far quietest student in the school came the outraged response at full volume “My father has NEVER done that!” I was far more shocked that the headmistress but she must have had a word in the right places because he vanished unannounced from the scene not long afterwards.

    The true predatory creep relies on your silence, Little Miss Barrister. Not only whinging about minor behavioural transgressions but classifying them as sexual harassment and then confessing to ignoring them, because pathetic, woke feminist does absolutely zip for dealing with what is a very real problem for the many people who have endured actual sexual harassment. Not sure how you will cope with a tough case in court if this bucketload of nonsense is an indication of your inner strength.

  51. Scott Osmond

    These are the same women who complain that men avoid them. The Pence rule is effecting women from mentoring and Friday arvo drinks and social networking apparently. Notice that there is no spacifics or details just general stuff that can’t be defended against or reputed. Any male colleagues she has should now keep her at arms length. Never be alone with her, keep all communications digital so there is a record and for the love of sanity don’t go out with her on a social drink after work even in a group of others.
    I had to laugh last year during the pound me too thing that women were complaining that men weren’t looking at them or noticing them. There she was having spent large sums on revealing clothing and hours at the hairdresser and on makeup just for the male work mates to not notice.

  52. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From C.L. at 6:54 pm:

    “I’ve observed a few of these harassment scares over the years … They are saying 1) they’re in high-powered professional careers; and 2) men want to take them to dinner and/or bed. … this is a form of boasting directed at other women. ‘What, you mean to say you’ve never been constantly harassed by powerful men? Mmkay.’”

    The war wymminses wage against men is continuous, irritating, ever present, distracting – for many blokes it is just like dealing with annoying immature teenagers.

    The unpredictable incisive lightning raids by wymminses against their sworn enemy – other wymminses – now they are a whole ‘nuther thing. Deadly serious, vital to survival, must succeed, take no prisoners stuff!

  53. Astrid van den Akker-Luttmer

    I feel in many cases it is called: subordination. This is the case if it is happening between men in the workforce or between females in the workforce. If it is between opposite sexes then it is all of a sudden called sexual harassment. It is a powerplay.

  54. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Scott Osmond at 7:40 pm :

    “… I had to laugh last year during the pound me too thing that women were complaining …”

    That was good. I went away wondering about that, then the penny dropped. Clever. 😜

  55. mh

    She needs to get out of Canberra.

    It’s a cradle of filth.

  56. Scott Osmond

    Mick, can’t claim to have coined the phrase but saw it elsewhere.

  57. Hodor

    Good luck running the power plants, factories and military, toots.

    We’re getting fuck you money and hanging with the bois.

    Women want to drive men from corporate veal fattening pens?

    Let them.

    Molon labe?

    Labe.

  58. Legalise Sedition
    #3499323, posted on June 29, 2020 at 9:10 pm
    Hodor

    Good luck running the power plants, factories and military, toots.

    We’re getting fuck you money and hanging with the bois.

    LS, come and take what?
    If you comment is tongue in cheek I almost agree.

    Do you think we could get into a war a la Tim and numbers? Most Cats would enjoy the “diatribe”?

  59. When I worked in the ATO, if you did not partake in the “pound me too” you were missing out.

  60. Clam Chowdah

    One stockbroking firm used to hire hot chicks and refer to them as “ tethered goats”, as in “ Might be a new float in it, better take a couple of tethered goats to the meeting.” Or so I am told.

    Wow. That’s vile. I hope they all died of ball cancer.

  61. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Clam Chowdah at 10:14 pm:

    ” One stockbroking firm used to hire hot chicks and refer to them as “ tethered goats”, as in “ Might be a new float in it, better take a couple of tethered goats to the meeting.” Or so I am told.

    Wow. That’s vile. I hope they all died of ball cancer.

    I read that hours ago and recognised a common business tactic employed for decades in legal, accounting, CBD real estate offices and most leading businesses with the women engaging in the game just as knowingly as the men. The first point of contact receptionist in the foyer was invariably the sexiest looking female in the place, and she knew it.

    There is nothing particularly “wow” about it at all.

  62. cuckoo

    Barrister Lives Matter!

  63. PB

    “At this rate homo sapiens will cease to breed by 2030.”

    Homo thirdworldius will still be at it like knives. You need 10 so at least two survive the centrelink savagery.

  64. Mother Lode

    Not a hottie.

    I do sometimes wonder if a fair whack of this #MeToo business is not a way for less than stellar women to tell us they are sexually desirable and proffer the incident of harassment as proof – without actually having to admit that they wish to be desirable.

    As it is, we live in a society choking on its laws and rules and regulations. Being a barrister does not mark you out as a higher person in a more rarefied realm. It makes you a grimy myopic troll of a person spreading manure around the weeds to have them grow thicker.

    You are a weeping lesion on already sick body of society.

  65. PB

    Megan
    #3499216, posted on June 29, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    Cool story. Really. Love that bit where you placed a solid foundation under yourself for the rest of your life.

    Respect.

  66. Tom

    Out of my mouth, the physically smallest and by far quietest student in the school came the outraged response at full volume “My father has NEVER done that!”

    Great post at 7.28pm, Megan. Thanks.

  67. Cynic of Ayr

    Behold!
    The result of years of lefty feminism at school;
    The result of University;
    A safe place to go and cry in;
    A cuddly toy, live or stuffed;
    A plethora of SoyBoys, or hot young fellers with their eyes down.
    One this this silly lonely lass has is a good memory. That’s what got her her Barristers ticket.
    The dozen or so girls and married women I worked with, would laugh this sheila off the floor in minutes!

  68. Dasher

    Comments about my appearance, my body. Mostly in a professional context but occasionally in a personal one…….”professional context” please explain. This young woman is citing normal human behaviour between the sexes. What happens next diddams is some guy is so taken by you feminine charms that he will ask you out, then depending how it goes you might marry him or more likely shack up. You might even have kids (pity the poor little buggers). Then at some stage you might even grow up. Mind you if you think all this just terrible harassment (!!!???) you mind end up by yourself which is probably the safest bet for all.

  69. theleftfootkick

    Conversation starter, “lets get one thing straight from the start, there is no way that you are going to have sex with me, got that! OK now what were you saying?”

  70. Louis

    So many women ride this wave these days until, shock horror….they realize they have just set up an impossible standard for their own husbands, dads and sons to be taken out by.

  71. Mark A

    Xword
    #3499016, posted on June 29, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    Six point five outta ten. Max.

    Far too generous.

  72. The Sheriff

    All the women loved Alan Shore and Denny Crane.

  73. ExIronCurtain

    For her next article she could address the history of the saying: “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”

    .”
    Loved that… turns out I thought the same, and a lot more comments were along this line.
    Maybe it shows how “sexist” we men are.
    But maybe that should be the way of the world. Absolutely fabulous that all comments bar none show how we, normals, condemn this moronic freakish culture that poisons the sex relationships and will indeed end procreation for the moronic white race who got sucked into this cult.
    Why does it go with autocratic leftist ideologies? Orwell documente that part, too, in his manual for opression.

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