Business analysts have noticed a new trend and it is one that should surprise absolutely no one. Businesses are suddenly afraid to hire women or include them in special events — like client dinners, conventions, and the like — all because they are afraid of being stung by #MeToo claims of sexual misconduct.
So, um, what did these feminists expect would happen once accusations of sexual assault began flying nearly every day as possibly disgruntled women angled to get even with people they think did them wrong?
This is not to say that no #MeToo claim is legitimate. Many certainly are. But this “believe every woman” garbage invites liars as we all clearly saw with the dozens of false accusations brought for political reasons against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
The story comes from Bloomberg:
No more dinners with female colleagues. Don’t sit next to them on flights. Book hotel rooms on different floors. Avoid one-on-one meetings.
In fact, as a wealth adviser put it, just hiring a woman these days is “an unknown risk.” What if she took something he said the wrong way?
Across Wall Street, men are adopting controversial strategies for the #MeToo era and, in the process, making life even harder for women.
Come on, folks. You simply cannot doubt that this is a very logical reaction to the business climate.
Bloomberg goes on:
Interviews with more than 30 senior executives suggest many are spooked by #MeToo and struggling to cope. “It’s creating a sense of walking on eggshells,” said David Bahnsen, a former managing director at Morgan Stanley who’s now an independent adviser overseeing more than $1.5 billion.
This is hardly a single-industry phenomenon, as men across the country check their behavior at work, to protect themselves in the face of what they consider unreasonable political correctness — or to simply do the right thing. The upshot is forceful on Wall Street, where women are scarce in the upper ranks. The industry has also long nurtured a culture that keeps harassment complaints out of the courts and public eye, and has so far avoided a mega-scandal like the one that has engulfed Harvey Weinstein.
Seriously, folks. If I ran a business there is no way in heck you would get me to hire a woman. And no way I’d be seen in my office alone with a woman. Any woman. No matter what her job was. I would demand that there always be three or four people in the room whenever any woman was around.
It just makes sense on a self-protection level.
Of course, Bloomberg has to try and turn it political by calling it the “Pence effect,” alluding to the claim that Vice President Pence is never alone with a woman who is not his wife.
Bloomberg claims that in “private” conversations these business leaders say that they “channeling the VP.” But it is more likely that Bloomberg’s reporter put the “Pence effect” in their head and then had their own suggestion “substantiated” in the interview. It is doubtful any of these business leaders ever said anything about Pence before Bloomberg brought the idea up.
Still, even if they did, it is all a logical reaction to the lawsuit happy #MeToo movement.
What, exactly, did they expect?
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