Mark Steyn blames the left for sexual harassment spree: They’ve ‘weaponized sex’

Radio host and author Mark Steyn thinks the “avalanche” of sexual misconduct allegations in Washington, Hollywood and in the media are fueling the left’s efforts to “weaponize sex.”

He spoke with Fox News host Tucker Carlson who began his show’s segment by describing the wave of allegations surfacing recently as a “maelstrom” that is consuming careers and even lives, as in the case of a Kentucky state representative who took his own life after denying accusations of sexual molestation.

Carlson also cited the example of PBS pulling Tavis Smiley off the air and effectively ruining his career after investigating claims against him without his knowledge.

“What began as a noble effort to eliminate sexual harassment from American life,” he said, “is rapidly turning into something dark and menacing.”

Steyn agreed with what Carlson characterized as a “witch hunt” of sorts, noting the wave of claims began after movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was “credibly accused” by multiple women of sexual harassment and even assault over the course of several decades. But, Steyn added, the door was then opened to other incidents where unnamed accusers are bringing down the careers of other alleged sexual harassers.

Carlson asked Steyn why no one is speaking out about how one accusation can now vaporize a person’s career without anything even needing to be proven.

“There is a general agreement on the left and this has been essentially driven by left wing dominated industries that they are now weaponizing sex the way they weaponized race,” Steyn explained.

“It’s a useful weapon to them and that necessarily means the kind of clearing out the decks. I’m astonished. The vast empty plains of the PBS and NPR schedules, you can actually hunt Buffalo there,” he continued. “Hosts are gone in moments and it’s absolutely astonishing to me and it will make social relations impossible.”

Steyn noted the “moral panic” caused by the recent outbreak of allegations and how it now affects daily decisions in a new way.

“You must think, as I think occasionally, do I really want to be alone with a female employee now? Who knows how she’s going to feel about it in 30 years’ time?” Steyn said, as Carslon agreed that he now thinks that “all the time.”

“I don’t think that’s necessarily in the interest of women in the workplace. I don’t think it’s in the interest of social relations,” Steyn concluded.  “It’s an insane moral panic that started with genuine rape, genuine violence, genuine power issues and now just seems to have degenerated into one anonymous accusation can end a career.”

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