When it comes to the left weaponizing the #MeToo movement, men are damned if they do and damned if they don’t.
Bloomberg is out with a piece Monday about what is being called the “Pence Effect,” which in this case is about men on Wall Street going to whatever length necessary to avoid putting themselves in what may be construed as a compromising position with women, be it having dinner with a female colleague or sitting next to one another on a plane.
Then again, watching now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh going through a living hell live on national television can have that effect on men who have worked hard for their success.
In effect, instead of creating a more equal society, Bloomberg suggests that the #MeToo movement — in the hands of the feminist left — is creating two separate worlds, with “spooked” men “icing women out.”
— Gillian Tan (@GillianTan) December 3, 2018
But even there, men fall under scrutiny by those who are just as eager to cry discrimination as they are harassment.
More from Bloomberg:
Now, more than a year into the #MeToo movement — with its devastating revelations of harassment and abuse in Hollywood, Silicon Valley and beyond — Wall Street risks becoming more of a boy’s club, rather than less of one. […]
There’s a danger, too, for companies that fail to squash the isolating backlash and don’t take steps to have top managers be open about the issue and make it safe for everyone to discuss it, said Stephen Zweig, an employment attorney with FordHarrison.
“If men avoid working or traveling with women alone, or stop mentoring women for fear of being accused of sexual harassment,” he said, “those men are going to back out of a sexual harassment complaint and right into a sex discrimination complaint.”
As for the “Pence Effect,” it appears that Vice President Mike Pence was a man ahead of the times with his personal policy of avoiding dining alone with any woman other than his wife.
But that too seems to assure that men will become a target:
"Men are rapists, and also it's sexist to avoid putting yourself in a situation where you can be falsely accused of sexual harassment."
— I got your #Unity right here (@jtLOL) December 3, 2018
Here’s a sampling of other responses, primarily from men, to what happens when common sense leaves the room:
This is a predictable response to a movement that takes an accusation as proof of guilt
— Chris (@ChrisMears00) December 3, 2018
This is an unfortunate but rational externality to the irrational hateful sexist #MeToo movement
— Munson, Roy E. (@Munsonned) December 3, 2018
Not surprising. This is what happens when you undermine the concepts of due process and innocence until proven guilty (while infantilizing women). We need to explore how we respect alleged victims while also respecting the rights of the accused. This shouldn’t be a zero sum game!
— LanceSmith (@LanceSmith1100) December 3, 2018
Predictable backlash… why is ANYONE surprised?
— Rick DeLotto (@rickdelotto) December 3, 2018
— Joe Sullivan (@thesullyman) December 3, 2018
YOU weaponized feminism; don't be shocked that men are gun-shy now. Enjoy your cats. https://t.co/bhSRPWJEqM
— Jack (@SkipTerrio) December 3, 2018
This was entirely predictable. Every woman is now a time bomb. Smart people avoid time bombs. https://t.co/tMMDMOPDLJ
— Bookwormroom (@Bookwormroom) December 3, 2018
To the surprise of few, some women seem to have a whole different take on the matter:
Yes, because controlling your behavior is just too difficult. ?
— Candice Jones (@CanMcJones) December 3, 2018
Another example of twisting the #metoo movement’s message and perpetuating the #gender inequality it so powerfully exposed. There is no need to avoid women and see them as threat as long as they are being treated with respect!
— Maria Jesus Orihuela (@Miz_Purpura) December 3, 2018
That’s just ridiculous. Being against sexual harassment doesn’t mean we can’t work with men on an equal footing, or that we don’t like men! At least I do.
— Pia Sharma (@Particle2Wave) December 3, 2018
If you can't sit next to a female colleague on a flight without being afraid of a sexual-harassment complaint then you need to take a long hard look in the mirror and ask yourself whether maybe, just maybe, it's not #MeToo that's the problem… https://t.co/HNwBxKdNte
— Caroline Dodds Pennock (@carolinepennock) December 3, 2018
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