‘Blackish’ Star Tracee Ellis Ross Wrote a Children’s Book About Sexual Harassment
'The Handsy Man' is a new classic.
Last night, actress Tracee Ellis Ross filled in as guest-host for Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and the Blackish actress used the tie to speak about the sexual assault and harassment scandals that have dominated the national conversation for the last few months. And to help men, Ellis read from a book she’s written, called The Handsy Man, that uses Dr. Seuss-esque rhyming to help men understand the extremely simple way to avoid being a creep, jerk, or sex offender.
During her monologue, Ross noted that she was not surprised by the number of women who have come forward and bravely shared their stories of sexually assault by such figures as Harvey Weinstein, Louis CK, and Matt Lauer. Ross was surprised, however, that so many men seem shocked and are unsure how to behave moving forward. So, she decided to read from Children’s book-like The Handsy Man.
Here’s a choice passage from the book:
“So Handsy Man, if you’re still confused
whether your behavior will be excused
I’ll say it clearly, nice and slow.
If she doesn’t consent, the answer is NO.”
Hopefully, Ross’ hilarious and informative book will clear up any remaining confusion men may have in regards to treating women with a basic sense of respect and decency.