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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

#MeToo mania hurts women

I have the best readers. One of my favorites sent me a note, "The side-effect of the #MeToo fanaticism will be less employment opportunities for women, in politics, entertainment, media, etc, as male bosses seek to avoid the witch hunts and fishing expeditions. The fear of these will outweigh the fear of being seen as weak on inclusiveness."

Either by design or by foolishness, that does seem to be the case.

But don't take my word for it. Olga Khazan of the Atlantic wrote about it 10 months ago, "How Pence's Dudely Dinners Hurt Women. The vice president — and other powerful men — regularly avoid one-on-one meetings with women in the name of protecting their families. In the end, what suffers is women’s progress."

Khazan opened her piece with a quote from a story in the Washington Post, "In 2002, Mike Pence told The Hill that he never eats alone with a woman other than his wife and that he won’t attend events featuring alcohol without her by his side, either."

This shocked her and other liberals.

"If Pence won't eat dinner alone with any woman but his wife, that means he won't hire women in key spots. There are a zillion threads out there about the Pences extra suffocating habits, but the key one is this. If Pence won't eat with a woman alone, how could a woman be Chief of Staff, or lawyer, campaign manager, or... Would Pence dine with Ivanka? Or KellyAnne? Or are they too relegated to second class citizens?" Clara Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief of Mother Jones, tweeted.

Olga Khazan was alarmed.

"Pence is not the only powerful man in Washington who goes to great lengths to avoid the appearance of impropriety with the opposite sex. An anonymous survey of female Capitol Hill staffers conducted by National Journal in 2015 found that 'several female aides reported that they have been barred from staffing their male bosses at evening events, driving alone with their congressman or senator, or even sitting down one-on-one in his office for fear that others would get the wrong impression.' One told the reporter Sarah Mimms that in 12 years working for her previous boss, he “never took a closed door meeting with me. ... This made sensitive and strategic discussions extremely difficult," she wrote.

But after the New York Times brought down Harvey Weinstein, #MeToo erupted.

Some men fear being caught. Others fear being framed.

And it turned out women all along didn't want to be alone with certain men.

"Speaking on ABC's 'This Week,' Cokie Roberts made a startling admission: 'every female in the press corps knew' to avoid being in an elevator with Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), and has apparently known about this 'for years.' Conyers has been accused of multiple instances of sexual harassment and has stepped down from the House Judiciary Committee," Christine Rousselle reported on November 27.

Vice President Pence's rule exists not only to resist temptation but also to avoid entrapment. Not every #MeToo complaint is valid.

And incidents that happened 20, 30, and even 40 years ago are bringing down men.

The more this goes on, the better the Pence Rule looks.

The best way to handle this is to end the hysteria. We need to take sexual harassment seriously. That means no more pussy hats and grandstanding. That means encouraging men and women who have been harassed or raped to file charges or a civil lawsuit.

The current clown circus atmosphere helps no one. And while Mike Pence could take comfort in being proved right, I believe he would like the problem solved. He does not strike me as a petty person.


From Leslie Eastman's review at Legal Insurrection:
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  1. Libs never back down on something they force on people merely because it has some side effect or unintended consequence. Like a bad doctor they will simply prescribe more of their poisonous medicine to try and ameliorate the complication, making the overall health of the patient, or society, sicker.

  2. The now late, great Billy Graham never ate, traveled or met alone with a woman.

    Backlash hurts. Hiring opportunities, mentoring, etc. all being diminished.

  3. Looking at the photos only, which one would you hope to have as your daughter’s boss?

  4. This idea that actions in the past are actionable now....well, if it's like interaction with women is safe. Straight up. If something happened, but the "woman" was afraid.....Hmmmm. Here's what is going to happen....if a man is facing ruin....why not pay for assassination? If the man has no legal recourse, that's going to happen. Fact is, I believe acid attacks spring out of such outrage.

    When a woman can ruin you with no consequences on her part....there's a huge balancing that will occur. Yes, some women will find out why, historically, such behavior is so dangerous.

    The Law is supposed to be blind. Men no longer have civil rights in this Country. So, men are seeing that helping women isn't wise. Too much is riding on hormones and jealousy. You see, the historic solution in older societies has been some sort of Duel. That doesn't sound so insane now, does it?

    1. I always thought that dueling ought to be decriminalized. Just need to follow the rules.

  5. VP Pence is a wise man.

    This is more than just a women/men thing though- years ago when I was a kid, I remember being with my Dad, shopping at a hardware store, when we came across a very young girl sitting in the middle of the sidewalk crying.

    My Dad went to her, lifted her up & dried her tears with his hankerchief while asking if she was lost. She was. So we went into the nearest shops and Dad asked if anyone was missing a child, in a friendly way. Her mother was soon found, she hadn't realized that her little girl had wandered off- and was embarrassed, but very happy to be reunited.

    These days, if I saw a child crying on the sidewalk- the most I'd do would be call the police. I wouldn't go near that child; too much chance that I'd be accused of molestation, and these days that's all it takes. Just the accusation can get a man fired or worse.

    Our society is no longer a high-trust one but one of suspicion. Parents no longer allow children to play outdoors without supervision for the same reason, though crime is much lower than in the '50s.

    We have brought "the other" into our neighborhoods, and now we must lock our doors. Outside there be dragons!

  6. It's astounding, given how smart these people think they are, how so many times they end up shooting themselves in the foot.

  7. I continue to be appalled over men's careers being wrecked with accusations. Some of the accusations may be dubious, many are decades old, this is so wrong.

    Need I add the disclaimer that , of course, sexual crimes against women, the weaker sex, are wrong?

    Then there is Rob Porter. We have no idea whether he has reformed or not. Nor do we know what transpired in his relationships, just as soon as he resorted to violence all fault landed on his side of the ledger.

    But, my question is this, Rob Porter is a young man, is it that he is never to work anywhere ever again?

  8. They inflicted an insane world on themselves, so they are insane.

    For example a young woman told me yesterday that in her country, everyone must be polite, so as to not insult the privileged identity groups, but also it is very important to express your opinion. How are they supposed to survive with those boundary conditions?