(Salon) -- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has made a name for herself as a champion of measures to address sexual assault in the military and on college campuses. She is an outspoken advocate of ending harassment, and yet — who is surprised by this? — has faced plenty of harassment herself. From her male colleagues. In the Senate. Where elected officials are supposed to do things like legislate (maybe even legislate to end rape) instead of demeaning their colleagues with sexist comments.
According to the New York Post, Gillibrand recently sat down with People to discuss her new memoir, “Off The Sidelines,” and recalled more than one instance of being objectified by her male colleagues:
Gillibrand recounts one incident when she was once working out in the House gym during renovations of the women’s facility.
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“Good thing you’re working out, because you wouldn’t want to get porky!” one of her older male colleagues said. Her response: “Thanks, a—hole,” she said in an excerpt from her book.