While the #MeToo movement began as a sincere effort to expose powerful men who exploit their privilege and wealth to abuse women, its downward spiral into a man-hating campaign to malign even the most genteel of men has led to a striking side effect.
According to two studies — one from 2018 and one from earlier this year — a growing number of male and female employers are now reluctant to have anything to do with women.
Conducted in 2018, the original study found that between 11 percent to 16 percent of male and female employers were reluctant about the prospect of hiring women for jobs requiring close interpersonal interactions:
An updated study conducted this year found that, for the male employers at least, concerns about potential #MeToo problems have only risen further. This year’s results for female employers haven’t been released yet for reasons that remain unclear.
“19% of men said they were reluctant to hire attractive women, 21% said they were reluctant to hire women for jobs involving close interpersonal interactions with men (jobs involving travel, say), and 27% said they avoided one-on-one meetings with female colleagues,” the Harvard Business Review notes.
It’s not clear whether the third number — 27 percent — is an improvement or decline, as the way HBR described the question (“men said … they avoided one-on-one meetings with female colleagues”) doesn’t seem to jibe with any of the conclusions from the 2018 results seen in the graphic above.
“Men in general will be more reluctant to have one-on-one meeting with women with no others present,” one conclusion from the graphic above reads.
But whether or not participants agree with the claim that “[m]en in general will be more reluctant to have one-on-one meeting with women” isn’t the same as men saying that they personally have “avoided one-on-one meetings with female colleagues.”
Regardless, it’s clear both male and female employers now share concerns about hiring women. What isn’t so clear is why. According to far-left feminists, however, the answer is clear.
“Workplace Study Finds Men Have Responded to MeToo by Becoming Even Shittier,” reads a headline at the far-left feminist blog Jezebel.
“Men now avoid women at work — another sign we’re being punished for #MeToo,” reads another headline, this one from The Guardian.
have had a depressing number of emails about this article informing me that men are right to be afraid because women make false accusations all the time ?https://t.co/WirHinqxy9
— Arwa Mahdawi (@ArwaM) August 29, 2019
The premise is the same both times — that men are to blame. Why? The gist of it is that men — all of whom are potential rapists — are angry at the #MeToo movement for calling out their “sh***y” behavior. Thus, they’re responding by “punishing women.”
As for the female employers who appear to be responding to the #MeToo in the exact same manner as their male counterparts, they’re simply suffering from “internalized misogyny.”
This is certainly one perspective. Another is one posited by conservative commentator Ben Shapiro last year, who noted that part of the problem is that there’s a lack of basic standards. As an example, he cited what happened to Hollywood actor and comedian Aziz Ansari.
“The woman was saying that she gave non-verbal cues; well, it seems to me that being naked in a guy’s apartment and performing sexual acts on him at least twice is a pretty solid non-verbal cue that he might take the wrong way,” Shapiro opined last year on Fox News.
He continued, “So it’s bizarre to me that if you’re going to set a certain standard and the only standard is ‘I consent to be here and do this,’ that you’re somehow going to change that standard because you feel pressured or awkward. Again, you got rid of all the traditional standards and now you’ve built up this false standard in its place that’s sort of legalistic in nature and it’s not holding.”
Because of the lack of shared standards, the #MeToo movement has transformed into a “frenzied extrajudicial warlock hunt that does not pause to parse the difference between rape and stupidity,” freelance journalist Claire Berlinski added in her own column two years ago.
“The things men and women naturally do — flirt, play, lewdly joke, desire, seduce, tease — now become harassment only by virtue of the words that follow the description of the act, one of the generic form: ‘I froze. I was terrified.’ It doesn’t matter how the man felt about it,” she wrote.
She added, “The onus to understand the interaction and its emotional subtleties falls entirely on him. But why? Perhaps she should have understood his behavior to be harmless — clumsy, sweet but misdirected, maladroit, or tacky — but lacking in malice sufficient to cost him such arduous punishment?”
It’s a point that Shapiro has previously hinted at as well:
“Why would men feel comfortable working alone with women or socializing together when the possibility of a fraught encounter could ensue — and when men have been told that no matter what allegations are levied against them, the burden of proof immediately falls on them?”
Take what happened to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was automatically convicted by the court of public opinion as guilty, despite the flimsiness of the since-debunked evidence against him. It was as if he was guilty until proven innocent.
But none of these factors seem to matter to the feminists at Jezebel and The Guardian, among many other places. To them, it all boils down to the fact that men are patriarchal monsters that must be smitten like monsters in a video game. That being said, many disagree with them:
Feminism is supreme in this one thing: it’s complete inability and/or refusal to understand ANYTHING about men’s real points of view. EVERYTHING is projection, as witness this foolish, blaming article about men’s decision to avoid women in the workplace: https://t.co/geSxMGT5et
— Janice Fiamengo (@JaniceFiamengo) August 30, 2019
Women have the power to ruin the career of any man by alleging he did something or have a man arrested with one simple phone call. Men doest have any such power, but lets paint him as terrible for being a bit hesitant when dealing with those who have that power over him.
— HAL9000 (@Jaxeed) August 30, 2019
When men can be completely destroyed financially and have their career destroyed and their mental health destabilized without the benefit of a trial, men are right to be scared!
— Howard (@tecumsehtakes) August 29, 2019
The article points blame on men for not wanting to talk to women.
But goes on to state that women don’t want to hire attractive women either.
So how is it men’s fault?
Maybe there is such a thing as “toxic femininity?”
— Jordan (@Jordan18685235) August 30, 2019
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