Riders of the D.C. Metro will recognize the above poster, which appears on the side of Metro cars and on the walls of Metro stations. The text — hard to make out in the photo I snapped — reads:
But it’s just not correct to say that anything that is “unwanted” is “harassment,” and I would greatly prefer it if Metro would not use any part of my fees to suggest that it is. It’s certainly not correct as a technical, legal matter; not all inappropriate, unwanted, offensive or objectionable comments or conduct is actionable “harassment” — nor could it be, constitutionally. “No Yankees hats on my Metro, damn it!” may be a very strongly held view — but you are not, in any sense of the term, “harassing” me when you violate it.
And there does seem to be a growing feeling across the land that everyone is somehow entitled to live in a world where nothing offends them — from Halloween costumes to the names of sports stadiums. Hey, if it’s unwanted, it’s harassment, and nobody is in favor of harassment, right?