These articles do look highly exaggerated. And, of course, for some
guys saying they are afraid of being accused of harassment is just a new
excuse for cutting women out of the loop.
However, there is a real problem of people being overly sensitized to
the issue due to over-regulation. This is largely the result of getting
the government involved in legislating behavior.
Instead of dealing with actual crimes (assault or persistent and
dangerous stalking/threats) governments at all levels start defining
obnoxious but not dangerous behavior in such a way that companies are
afraid of big fines and big lawsuits. They therefore go overboard in
dealing with issues that should be dealt with in a more informal
manner. Consciousness raising and peer pressure are the way to deal with
these issues. And women must have the courage to speak up against each
incident. If we expect big brother/uncle sam/the daddy state to do it
for us, we are inviting inevitable backlash.
That doesn't mean we should not organize to have individual
organizations, be it for-profits or non-profits like WMF, to make it
clear such behavior is unacceptable. But they also should encourage
individual initiative and peer pressure - and discourage obvious
attempts to shut women out because of alleged fear of harassment
On 10/3/2015 1:10 AM, rupert THURNER wrote:
the daily telegraph published an article with title
feminism. Now men are afraid to help women at work":
and linked to one with title "why powerful men now hide behind open doors":
what do you think about such pieces of text?
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