Well, well, well. Look at what we have here.
According to the sourcelink, the things we’ve been warning everyone would happen as a result of the #MeToo pendulum swinging waaaaaay too far to one side are happening. We talked about it here. And here. And here.
In other words, we’ve been warning everyone about this a lot. For a long time.
Kyle Smith wrote a piece about this as well for the New York Post (linked in the first sentence). And he gives some real world examples of the hole that overzealous women have dug themselves.
Consider what’s happening in the capital of Florida. Female staffers and lobbyists have found “many male legislators will no longer meet with them privately,” reported The Miami Herald. “I had a senator say, ‘I need my aide here in the room because I need a chaperone,’ ” lobbyist Jennifer Green told the paper. “I said, ‘Senator, why do you need a chaperone? . . . Do you feel uncomfortable around me?’ ‘Well,’ he said, ‘anyone can say anything with the door shut.’ ”
“I’m getting the feeling that we’re going back 20 years as female professionals,” said Green, who owns her company. “I fully anticipate I’m going to be competing with another firm that is currently owned by some male, and the deciding factor is going to be: ‘You don’t want to hire a female lobbying firm in this environment.’ ”
Honestly, if you didn’t see this kind of thing coming, you’re probably an overzealous #MeToo proponent.
This kind of thinking is catching on in aggressively P.C. Silicon Valley, where men are taking to message boards like Reddit to express interest in sex segregation — sometimes labeled “Men Going Their Own Way,” or the “Man-o-Sphere.” How will that work out for women in the tech industry, where they already face substantial challenges?
Across industries, “Several major companies have told us they are now limiting travel between the genders,” Johnny Taylor, president of the Society for Human Resource Management, told the Chicago Tribune, citing execs who tell men not to go on business trips or share rental cars with women co-workers. UCLA psychologist Kim Elsesser, the author of “Sex and the Office,” sees a nascent “sex partition.” If men start to back away from women, at least in professional settings, it’s difficult to see how that will aid the feminist cause.
The reason it’s difficult to see how it will aid the feminist cause is because it won’t.
Listen – I’m not suggesting for a MOMENT that sexual predators shouldn’t be called out. Of course they should. And there’s no question that the #MeToo movement has been effective from that standpoint. Harvey Weinstein needed to be called out and face consequences for being a decades-long perv. And of course, there were others deserving of consequences as well. But Aziz Ansari wasn’t one of them.
He’s just one example of how an unchecked movement can cut off its nose to spite its face. Look at the Body Positivity movement as another example. We are expected now to admire the bodies of women like Tess Holliday, who doesn’t even possess recognizable knees, because it’s now offensive to suggest that obesity is unappealing.
According to the NY Post article, the website Bustle has decided to no longer use the word “flattering” when referring to clothing because it suggests that there’s some sort of standard desirable shape a woman should aspire to have, and so that’s offensive. I mean, this is the level of absurdity we’re dealing with. Kyle Smith also quotes Claire Berlinski about the #MeToo movement, who perfectly called it what it is, a “a frenzied extrajudicial warlock hunt that does not pause to parse the difference between rape and stupidity.”
Women, in demanding their #MeToo moments be heard and validated even when perhaps they shouldn’t be, are also giving employers reason to steer clear of them. Who can blame men for doing what Pence does, and just refusing to ever be alone with a woman?
Is that what equality looks like, feminists? Is that what you’ve been fighting for? Chaperones and exclusion from business trips or meetings? Because that’s what you’re gonna get now.
PS. For those of you wondering why the picture included with this post is of Ashley Judd, it’s because I just like horrible photos of Ashley Judd.