Hi again Heather and thank you for your interesting response.
Regarding the ‘ogling’ of women: I’m not suggesting it would be ethically right to stare at a woman’s body as she walks down the street. I’m merely suggesting that if a woman wants to show off her body to gain advantage for herself in employment situations and an employer wants to employ her on that basis, there may be nothing ethically wrong with that arrangement. (Although we may be getting rather off-subject there!)
As to your other points:
I didn’t make any sort of “ridiculous scene.” I merely asked the staff (very politely) to abide by the widely-publicised, non-discriminatory policies of their own employer. The ‘scene’ was created by the bigoted behaviour of the staff.
As yes, assaults by men on women happen. But most men are not sex attackers. And it seems ethically wrong to treat all men with suspicion on the basis that 0.1% of men are sex offenders. It seems no more ethical than saying 1% of black people are criminals, so all black people should be treated with suspicion.
And if the women in your life think I may be a creep, that may of course be the result of their own sex-based prejudices. After all, I bet they’ve seen many mothers enter changing rooms to help their daughters and not suspected those mothers of being ‘creeps.’ Deep-seated sexism, I suspect! :)
And I’m so gratified that my article has proved thought-provoking. I think that’s much more important than whether people agree with me.
Have a nice day!