In the ever-shifting sands of feminism, there are only two consistencies: any complaint counts as a fact, and that men will be being told what to do.
A major beneficiary of Russian Facebook ad dollars, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, has a nonprofit called “LeanIn.Org“, which claims:
Research shows that we feel more confident and are able to accomplish more in groups. Lean In Circles are small peer groups that meet regularly to learn and grow together. We run a network of more than 35,000 Circles in cities and on campuses around the world, and they are changing lives. Members are asking for more, stepping outside their comfort zones, and leaning in.
The purpose is clear: no men allowed.
However, it has come to pass that the groups were just filled with women trying to monetise makeup tip blogs, leather anklet Etsy stores and online Facetime life coaching. Everyone sat around baffled as to why, despite everyone in the group being AMAZING, no-one was making any money.
Who was to blame for no-one making any money? You guessed it: men.
After the whole #MeToo thing made clear to every male anywhere that ever being alone in a room with a non-spouse would inevitably end up at some point attached to a hashtag, followed by instant career and reputation destruction, a quick cost-benefit analysis of being alone with women in the workplace was done, and is resulting in a lot of hard passes on mentoring them.
LeanIn took it upon themselves to study this entirely logical phenomenon and found that half of male managers are uncomfortable participating in a common work activity with a woman, such as mentoring, working alone, or socialising together, and that almost 30 percent of male managers are uncomfortable working alone with a woman — figures that doubled after #MeToo’s successful launch.
“The number of male managers who are uncomfortable mentoring women has more than tripled from 5% to 16%. This means that 1 in 6 male managers may now hesitate to mentor a woman,” the findings said. “Senior men are 3.5 times more likely to hesitate to have a work dinner with a junior-level woman than with a junior-level man — and 5 times more likely to hesitate to travel for work with a junior-level woman.”
Now, if #MeToo is as serious as its proponents would have us believe, the only sensible solution is to get the number of male managers and senior men mentoring, having work dinners or travelling alone with junior women to zero, right?
Au contraire. Sandberg and Huffington are clear in their resolve – that men are to blame for this non-mentoring:
“Some men have chosen to react by adopting what’s called the Mike Pence rule – never having dinner alone with a woman other than your wife. If you’re not going to have dinners with women, then don’t have them with men.”
DO NOT HAVE DINNERS WITH MEN.
Considering the business model of the company Sandberg is the COO of makes a mint profiling every single person on the planet with an internet connection, before selling that information to consumer marketing companies, you’d think she’d grasp how this will play out.
Ignoring for a moment that the difference between flirting and harassment has always largely been the desirability of the man behind the comments, the women of the #MeToo and #TimesUp hashtag slacktavist riots want the elimination of men who’ve not been forthright and kindly to women in the past. Without the benefit of any criminal code to support their claims of offense, they’ve decided that complete expungement from the social record will do.
As a result, the more aggressive #MeToo gets, and the more trampling of innocents there are, the more non-skeevy men will adopt the Mike Pence rule. Among heterosexuals, only the skeevy men will be available for providing mentoring. Resulting in #MeToo2. Its a vicious circle.
Wait a minute – I thought we just had a year where any advice from men was considered #Mansplaining, and had to be stamped out?
I can’t keep up with it all.