Kamala the Office Tart

Kamala Harris can never seem to catch a break. She keeps making headlines for the wrong reasons. Her disastrous recent appearances in Europe and domestically have been the subject of much derision. Harris’ absence at the southern border has drawn intense scrutiny, especially since Joe Biden appointed her “border czar” and asked her to determine and remedy the root causes of the current migration crisis.  

She’s been plagued by high-level staff resignations, and, like her boss, she continues to be prone to gaffes and incomprehensible word-salad oratory. Her unique laugh, the product of ill-preparedness and stress, makes her appear vapid. She doesn’t appear to do much work, nor does she seem to care about it. 

Biden’s mental infirmity is more visible by the day. Harris’ ascension to our country’s highest office may be closer than anyone wants to acknowledge. In considering a potential Harris presidency, one must seriously consider what, if any, qualifications she actually possesses for the job. 

It is abundantly clear that Harris is the prototypical office tart who uses sexual favors as her most important qualification for advancement. Her tawdry relationship with former California Assembly Speaker Willie Brown was her introduction to politics and led to her election as San Francisco district attorney. 

She subsequently failed to distinguish herself as California’s attorney general, U.S. senator, or as a presidential candidate. In none of these roles did she demonstrate any administrative or executive acumen. 

If Harris is president by 2024, her most vital selling point is that she will be the first woman to hold the office, and a woman of color at that. Democratic Party leaders and all her endorsers, past and present, tout those superficial characteristics as reasons for supporting her. 

Accomplishments? None to speak of. 

Harris is particularly fond of promoting herself as a role model for little girls. In her victory speech as vice president, clad in suffragette white, she declared: 

But while I may be the first woman in this office, I won’t be the last. Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities, and to the children of our country, regardless of gender, our country has sent you a clear message: Dream with ambition, lead with conviction, and see yourself in a way that others might not see you, simply because they’ve never seen it before.

No loving parent, however, wants to see his or her daughter achieve success the way Kamala Harris did. 

While adults may sigh, “That’s just how the world works,” we need to worry about Harris as a role model for little girls, especially young girls of color. Impressionable young women are already overexposed to the predatory feminism of Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, and are most at risk. Harris in the Oval Office necessitates a national discussion on integrity as an internal virtue, far more praiseworthy than physical attributes like race, sex, and beauty.

Second-wave feminism sought to portray the office tart as an object of male oppression, and in popular movies and TV shows such as the 1980 hit “9 to 5,” inspired the role of Doralee Rhoads played by Dolly Parton. Doralee is the subject of vicious office gossip from other female protagonists, because Doralee seems to get gifts in return for sexual favors. Her coworkers come to her rescue when they realize the relationship is not consensual. Feminism struggles to reconcile feminine charms and wiles when a relationship is voluntary.  

Such was Loni Anderson‘s Jennifer Marlow, a brilliant, beautiful, and buxom woman who used her assets to infantilize her intellectually challenged boss and run the Cincinnati radio station WKRP. Anderson expressed her empowerment this way, and Mr. Carlson, her married boss, encouraged it while remaining sexually unfulfilled and ostensibly faithful to his wife.   

Out of the radio station, Anderson’s character seduced wealthy men into performing charitable acts. One Christmas episode sees her lover fly her and a group of orphans to Bethlehem for a holiday. It’s all OK because no one was hurt. Anderson’s character, although an office tart, was a hooker with a heart of gold.

These portrayals were not without consequence, however. The Center for Work-Life Policy found in 2010 that 15 percent of women admitted to forming relationships with married male superiors for corporate advancement, and 37 percent knew a colleague who engaged in this form of corporate ladder climbing. 

The reality isn’t so simple. Competent women who won’t “put out” are passed over and discriminated against. The office tart sets up her successors to be sexually harassed by empowering her superiors to expect and make sexual demands. Recall, for example, Allison Gollust at CNN and her notorious “open-secret” relationship with ousted CEO Jeff Zucker. Is it any wonder Chris Cuomo, his brother Andrew, and others felt similarly empowered to demand favors from their subordinates?

Yet, the biggest issue created for corporations and governments is when an infamously incompetent worker promotes to high levels on the couch. Kamala Harris presents such an issue. She was drafted based on her appearance, sex, and race. Activists on both sides raised questions about her professional competence and integrity during her rise, but it was all for naught. Now the country is suffering and will continue to suffer the consequences. 

All parents can do is use Harris as an example of how not to conduct yourself as the world burns.


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About Elizabeth Fortunato

Elizabeth Fortunato is a wife and mother from New York. She has a background in liberal arts and philosophy.

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