Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently highlighted a new poll that found the vast majority of male managers felt uncomfortable mentoring younger female employees one-on-one in the #MeToo era.
And who, exactly, can blame them for feeling this given the fact that several high profile accusations made by alleged victims of sexual assaults against political figures and even a few Hollywood stars have proven to be false?
Daily Wire is reporting:
“The #MeToo and Time’s Up movements have brought huge attention to the challenges women face at work, but a new survey finds that 60% of male managers say they’re uncomfortable mentoring, working one-on-one or socializing with a woman,” reports CNBC, noting that poll results are a 33% increase from last year.
Senior-level men say they are now “12 times more likely to be hesitant about one-on-one meetings with a junior woman than they are a junior man, nine times more likely to be hesitant to travel with a junior woman for work than a junior man, and six times more likely to be hesitant to have a work dinner with a junior woman than a junior man,” CNBC reports.
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted out a link to the CNBC article Sunday with a comment that puts the onus on men. “Is it really that hard to not be creepy?” she wrote.
Is it really that hard to not be creepy? https://t.co/WJJv7QNDyn
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 9, 2019
This little comment didn’t go over well with a lot of folks on social media.
“No, it’s not that men are inherently creepy. It’s that they’re afraid they’ll be interpreted as creepy, in the era of Me Too and overreactions,” wrote one follower in a sentiment echoed by many others. “The fact that people assume sexism and creepiness says it all. That is why they’re uncomfortable,” wrote another. “Tone deaf comment. There are a lot of bad guys out there who have done bad things but there[‘s] also women who have exploited others pain for their gain and made false claims against good men. Women can be sharks too and it’s a delicate situation that requires trust from both,” said another.
Here’s the thing. Harassment is absolutely, definitely wrong. There’s no question about that. No one is even arguing about that particular point.
What’s messed up is there are women who, if they feel the slightest bit offended, or aren’t treated in a certain manner, they’ll end up throwing a fit and tossing around allegations that basically come down to a whole “he said, she said,” kind of thing.
Unfortunately, when this happens, the courts often take the side of the “victim” without really conducting a thorough investigation of the conduct. And even if they did, there wouldn’t be a lot of proof anything happened or didn’t happen.
If a woman is abused or assaulted, she needs to immediately get in contact with local authorities and file a report, allowing police to collect evidence that can be used to nail the piece of trash who hurt her.
This sort of thing preserves the innocent and guarantees condemnation of the guilty. It’s a win-win.
That’s not going to be a popular comment, but the truth of it remains nonetheless.