Iris, Nancy and Kendra have sued Koko. Koko is accused of sexual harassment in the workplace for asking to see Iris, Nancy and Kendra's nipples.
Koko is a female gorilla who knows more than 1000 words of American sign language and respnds to 2000 words of spoken English. Iris, Nancy and Kendra are some form of female homo sapien Puritan who's knowledge of English or reasonable human behavior is unknown.
I know Koko and her human trainer, Penny Patterson, from the mid-1970s. Penny came to me for help. Penny is so good looking she didn't need to ask ... I was willing no matter what she needed.
Penny had borrowed two monkeys from the San Francisco Zoo and taught them how to use American sign language and to interact with images on a computer screen. After more than a year, the monkeys knew enough language to tell Penny that they didn't want to be returned to the Zoo. Imagine not wanting to go back to a cage in a zoo?
Penny wanted my help in getting the S.F. Zoo to free the monkeys for research, indefinitely. She was willing to pay and I was willing to raise the money.
I knew the Park and Recreation Commission, which spoke for the Zoo, would not listen to the pleadings of two disgruntled monkeys. So I mounted a campaign with hundreds of young school kids, two hundred of whom showed up, in a packed hearing room, to testify at the Park and Rec Commission on behalf of the monkeys. We won. Penny and the monkeys were grateful.
I occasionally took friends down to meet Koko. Koko was most affectionate with a bull dike friend of mine. Koko was most affectionate with females. How she knew my friend was a female is beyond me.
One of the things about Penny that I liked was that she named one of the monkeys Noam. Noam Chimpsky. She chose the name for the simple reason that the great Marxist Noam Chomsky was famous for the linguistic position that humans (specifically humans) are hard wired for speech. Also hard wired for class hatred and greed.
I'm sure that Koko's request to see the nipples of the female employees will be treated with the reasonable perspective that our legal system is capable of showing. This lawsuit should be a great step forward, as the case goes to court, for all females suffering from sexual harassment in the workplace.
Or maybe the sexual harassment laws may have to be changed when their obvious inanity becomes visible to the public.