Power Over The Narrative

Remember those choose your own adventure books. Power over the narrative. Here is a story about power, with different options, different solutions. I do not have power over the narrative, who does have the power?

In a nearly empty office, two women and one man, at 9:30am the man is drinking, it is not his first beer of the day, it is not the first time this has happened. The women report it to their management, the management asks the women to leave, go home, keeps them safe so that the management can deal with the situation. And they do. They come in and speak to the man, make it clear his behaviour is unacceptable. The management can sack him, they can support him with whatever trouble that has brought him to drink in the morning.

In a nearly empty office, two women and one man, at 9:30am the man is drinking, it is not his first beer of the day, it is not the first time this has happened. The women report it to their management. The management come in, make the man and the women sit down and talk about what has happened. The management say it doesn’t matter if it did or didn’t happen, let’s just not do it again.

In a nearly empty office, two women and one man, at 9:30am the man is drinking, it is not his first beer of the day, it is not the first time this has happened. The women report it to their management. The management come in, make the man and the women sit down and talk about what has happened, they bring in the man’s manager, who is also his best friend. The management say it doesn’t matter if it did or didn’t happen.

In a nearly empty office, two women and one man, at 9:30am the man has his hands down his trousers, and makes lewd comments to the women. The women report it to their management, the management asks the women to leave, go home, keeps them safe so that the management can deal with the situation. And they do. They come in and speak to the man, make it clear his behaviour is unacceptable. The management can sack him, they can support him with whatever trouble that has caused this inappropriate behaviour.

In a nearly empty office, two women and one man, at 9:30am the man has his hands down his trousers, and makes lewd comments to the women. The women report it to their management. The management come in, make the man and the women sit down and talk about what has happened. The management say it doesn’t matter if it did or didn’t happen, let’s just not do it again.

In a nearly empty office, two women and one man, at 9:30am the man has his hands down his trousers, and makes lewd comments to the women. The women report it to their management. The management come in, make the man and the women sit down and talk about what has happened, they bring in the man’s manager, who is also his best friend. The management say it doesn’t matter if it did or didn’t happen.

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