I just finished reading an article about how the #MeToo movement has negatively impacted women who work on Wall Street. Who knew that falsely accusing men of being sexual predators would have such an impact? Can you see me? I am over here waving both hands in the air. The article which can be found on the Daily Wire and is penned by Matt Walsh, shows how the consequences of falsely accusing people without evidence can harm our careers.
In the article, it states (and I am paraphrasing) that women who have careers in predominately male-centric jobs, such as Wall Street, are suffering because they can’t find mentors willing to meet in one-on-one settings. I do not work in the stock market industry (I am a retired soldier) but I can understand the hesitancy in having such meetings. When people are shouting from the rooftops to believe every woman without a shred of evidence, men are going to shut their mouths and do what they must to protect themselves.
When I was in the military, I was extremely hesitant to have meetings with anyone without another NCO in the room. It was policy for us to CYA (cover your a**). Everyone made such a big deal about Mike Pence saying he would not take a meeting or have dinner with a female colleague without his wife present. It looks like a smart move from where I am sitting.
By no means do I wish harm to come to women who work in male-centric jobs. As a father of two daughters, I want nothing but the best for them. I feel just as strongly when it comes to women who are seeking to climb the corporate ladder. However, there comes a time when we must ask ourselves, “how far is too far?” The #MeToo movement went after every man that was accused with a vengeance. If the men are guilty, I am the first person in line shouting for them to pay. However, when there is zero evidence backing up a claim then it is time to start asking questions. When innocent people are caught in the crossfire, we need to stop. You don’t ruin peoples’ lives because you are caught up in the fervor of the moment.
According to the article, men are fearful of a false accusation. After all that has occurred in 2018, no one can really blame them. According to the NY Times, 201 men have been “brought down.” That is an interesting choice of words. Some people say that this movement is bringing about needed change in industries that were predominately male. Then again, others claim that this movement has gone too far. Well, as with all things, I have my own opinion on this matter. It is quite simple. If #MeToo has made it difficult for women to receive the mentoring they need to climb the corporate ladder, then women and the company lose. It is a simple case of biting the hands that feed you.
That wraps up this blog. Y’all take care and I will chat with you all soon.