Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is clearly taking the high road in her mission to further expose the mistreatment of women in the workplace.

In Gillibrand’s book “Off The Sidelines,” she gives an account of a fellow lawmaker warning her about getting “porky” after the birth, while another told her she’s “even pretty when [she’s] fat.”

A man described as an “older senator” even grabbed her waist and said, “I like my girls chubby,” she wrote.

It’s scary when in 2014, a United States senator can be treated like a second-class citizen.

Surprisingly enough, Gillibrand has refused to implicate anyone. The most she has come forward with is “they know who they are.”

The media response, among other things, was shameful at best.

GOP pollster and Fox News wordsmith Frank Luntz via Twitter inquired, “Is Kirsten Gillibrand only hiding the identities of the male senators who sexually harassed her because they are Democrats?”

Conservative CNN contributor Ben Ferguson, who is known for having foot-in-mouth syndrome, said, “You’ve got the guts to write about it. Have the guts to name names.”

Surprisingly, NBC’s Tamron Hall asked, “Should she name names? You put it out there, you make people speculate and try to narrow it down. Should she call them out?”

Gillibrand told the Huffington Post recently that her approach to the situation is to “make a broader point.”

“It’s more important to elevate the debate, to have a national debate about how women are treated in the workplace.

“Because in the broad scheme, it’s a drag on the economy when you’re undervaluing women, nearly half of our workforce, and chronically paying them less and treating them poorly and not valuing them.”

I think the aforementioned reactions speak for themselves, as we can sum this all up with one simple point – America loves a good scandal.

How sexy is a story when the alleged victim refuses to implicate anyone? Viewers and readers get bored when inflammatory discourse is replaced with making a “broader point.”

If this were in fact a stunt, I believe the senator would have identified these men by name.

Besides, let’s be completely honest, the good ol’ boy mentality is very much alive and well in 2014. To think the United States Senate is an exception would be irresponsible and naive.

Any man who is elevated to a position of power via the American electorate is sure to have a touch of narcissism. As an Average Joe whose self-image is sometimes disproportionate to my standing in society, I can only imagine what the title of senator would do to my ego.

I believe my daughters can do anything they want with their lives, including serve in the U.S. Senate. I can only hope that our society will evolve a little more if they ever decide to run for office.

When President Obama addressed the issue of wage disparity among women in the workplace, the Right attacked his argument with anachronistic nonsense.

Women on the right even asserted that this was a ruse, aimed at scoring political points.

But the idea that ALL women choose to make less money and serve in menial positions is insulting.

Equal pay for equal work makes perfect sense to me, and it should make sense for everyone who draws a paycheck in this country.

Women are subjugated in the cultures we criticize on a regular basis, yet some of our leaders spin the facts into “leftist garbage” when someone challenges the status quo.

We could very well see the first female President of the United States elected in 2016.

Less than 100 years ago, women were fighting for the right to participate in the democratic process with the women’s suffrage movement.

For everything our mothers and grandmothers have sacrificed, isn’t it time to surrender the good ol’ boy mentality and embrace good man behavior?

Sen. Gillibrand has taught us a lesson about life – you don’t have to fight dirty to get something done. She has my attention.

Ponder that!

Jim Brock is managing editor of the Nebraska City News-Press. He can be reached at jbrock@ncnewspress.com.