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Old 12-05-2018, 02:09 PM
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#MeToo backlash is hurting women (Bloomberg article)

Gist/summary (in case the article is behind a paywall): The #MeToo movement has lead to a backlash that now is hurting women in the workplace because it makes employers reluctant to hire women, men reluctant to mentor women or help women up the corporate ladder, a lot of men simply shy away from women, etc.

The "Pence Rule," or some spinoff of it, is being de facto adopted in many workplaces and in many instances, the casualties are collateral damage: #MeToo has made a lot of innocent men fearful of being falsely accused of harassment or a sexual offense (who have no realistic need to be fearful) and it has dampened career opportunities for a lot of women who would never make a false accusation against a man. The article notes that this fear/paranoia makes it all the harder for women to advance up the company ranks into higher positions at a time when women are/were already underrepresented.

Suppose we could backtrack a few years, before #MeToo took off. The need for something like #MeToo was/is obvious; something had to be done to put an end to sexual harassment. At the same time, though, the backlash is harming a great deal of women in the workplace, whether they were involved in #MeToo or not. Is there a way this could have been done differently so as to end sexual harassment while also not leading to fear or overreaction paranoia?


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