Saturday, February 19, 2005

You'll never complain about your job again

Now here’s a headline you won’t see every day:

Women sue over gorilla's breast "fetish"

The AP story:
Two fired caretakers for Koko, the world-famous sign-language-speaking gorilla, have sued their former bosses, claiming they were pressured to expose their breasts as a way of bonding with the 300-pound simian.

(hard to believe we’ll get through this whole story without a mention of Bill Clinton)

It seems Koko has a nipple fetish, and these these two ex-employees of The Gorilla Foundation were encouraged to flash the big ape.

(see above)

From the lawsuit:
The suit claims Patterson pressured the two women on several occasions to expose their breasts to Koko, a 33-year-old female -- sometimes in situations where other employees could potentially view their bodies. The women never undressed, said their attorney, Stephen Sommers of San Francisco.
They were threatened that if they "did not indulge Koko's nipple fetish, their employment with the Gorilla Foundation would suffer," the lawsuit alleged.
The lawsuit claims that on one occasion Patterson said, "'Koko, you see my nipples all the time. You are probably bored with my nipples. You need to see new nipples."'

(and who among us has not said the same at one time or another?)

So Nancy Alperin and Kendra Keller, the plaintiffs, are suing for damages totalling more than $1million.

I’m not sure what to make of all this, but it goes a long way towards explaining why Jane Goodall spends all that time in the jungle.

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