The #MeToo movement is described in the mainstream media as a wonderful, empowering movement for women. The hashtag was started by actress & feminist activist Alyssa Milano to expose the predatory behavior of film producer Harvey Weinstein. Many other sexually abusive and predatory men were also the target of the movement, allowing women have a voice. This is a good thing. Powerful people are not entitled to trample on the rights of the less powerful.
MeToo also has a dark side: becoming a tool to ruin a man’s life without due process. Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh was falsely accused of rape and sexual assault by Christine Blasey-Ford — almost derailing his nomination. The media proclaimed we should “believe ALL women” without evidence or due process. Actor Aziz Ansari was slapped with sexual misconduct allegations — from a woman who had consensual, but “awkward” sex with him. At Columbia University, student Ben Feibleman, was expelled from university without due process. A female peer falsely accused him of rape as retaliation when he refused her advances to sleep with her. The girl was paraded around campus as a “brave survivor” and carried a mattress around school as a demonstration — a performance which Columbia supported.
A recent Harvard Business Review study shows 27% of men now avoid one-on-one meetings with female coworkers. 21% of men say they would be reluctant to hire a woman for a job that requires close interaction, such as business travel. Feminist writer Arwa Mahdawi writes that men are “ . . . angry that they’ve been made to think about their behavior, made to interrogate power dynamics . . . and they are punishing women for it by refusing to interact with them.”
No. Men do not want their careers, marriages and lives ruined by vindictive, politically motivated women. They are performing a common risk assessment: if men do not have due process and we must “believe all women” . . . why would I risk my career by being alone with female colleagues? Feminists want to have it both ways: insist society treat them exactly like men, but also forgo due process because “believe all women.”
PC: Times of Israel.