There's a discussion going on over at the Astronomers' Facebook page, because someone complained that a member of the group was "spamming" the group with links to the Women in Astronomy blog. It turned into a discussion of sexual harassment, and whether harassment is something we should talk about as a professional organization.
Let me just say: Women don't want to talk about sexual harassment either. We talk about sexual harassment because there is literally nothing else we can do to stop it. Talking about it may or may not work, but it's the best we've got. And yes, we have to talk about it to men. And to other women. We have to talk about it to pretty much everyone who ever interacts with other people, because we're all in this culture together and the changes that need to happen are big and difficult and fundamental.
But, no, we don't want to talk about harassment. We also don't want to talk about our bodies with strangers on the street. We don't want to talk with our professional colleagues about how we look in our clothes. We don't want to talk about the sexual desires of our senior colleagues or about how our reproductive choices might inconvenience our companies or about whether or not our hormones might be affecting our work. We don't want to have to explain how we could possibly be good enough for our careers or hear our colleagues dismiss our ideas because of our gender.
So, yeah, it'd be great if we could stop talking about sexual harassment, but there are plenty of other things I think we should stop talking about first.