It’s hard enough for women to compete in male-dominated industries, such as technology and finance, and now it is about to get even worse. The #MeToo revolution was an online movement led by alleged sexually assaulted women who exposed men for everything from looking at them too sensually to touching them in all the wrong places. Men were getting fired, ostracized, and jailed as a direct result of being fingered by women who used the movement to call men out publicly.
This created a wonderful sense of comradery and empowerment among women; but unfortunately, the cheers didn’t last too long. As men grew fearful of the #MeToo movement, they began to wonder exactly how far is too far with women. Men no longer knew if they could have a one-on-one lunch with a female co-worker without it somehow being misconstrued. So here we go…a new era that will soon embrace the #NotMe movement by men who refuse to get caught up in the vicious web that the #MeToo movement created.
Women didn’t intend for the #MeToo movement to get out of hand
Good intentions don’t mean much to a guy who lost his job and is now sitting in jail, all because he was accused of something that there is literally no proof that he did. If five women decided they did not like a guy, all they had to do was claim he touched them in ways that made them feel uncomfy. The courts would not ask for visual proof because it couldn’t be produced, given it may have happened 12 years ago or more, so all the court could rely on were the voices of the women.
As of late, there are actually some women who have come forward to admit that they lied about someone in the wake of the #MeToo movement. Maybe the women got too caught up in sticking it to the man! Who knows? One thing for sure is that none of the women expected the movement to blow up in their faces…pardon the expression.
Just take away my shoes and throw me in a kitchen, why don’t you!?
Bloomberg recently reported in their business section that Wall Street has a new rule: to avoid women at all cost! Men on Wall Street fear that the #MeToo movement has forever placed them in a precarious situation. In order to have a private meeting with a woman to discuss business, the men feel they must do so with the door wide open to ensure she doesn’t accuse him of rape. If the boss has a dinner for his team, he has to do so with trepidation for fear that one of his male employees will somehow fall victim of the #MeToo accusations from a female coworker.
Men are running scared and the women are being snubbed left and right. Women are losing their ability to have a male mentor, be respected by their male colleagues, or even be included in company outings that contribute to the professional growth of its participants. Too bad, so sad. Women have ultimately used the #MeToo movement to screw themselves in the end. Who can women sue for that? What hashtag can be used to protect other women who fall victim of this aftereffect of the #MeToo movement? What can be done to turn this around so that men…good men…are not afraid to work side-by-side with women again without fear? Great questions. No answers, yet.
A new movement on the rise
It may seem hard to believe that there could be anything that could contribute to the war of the sexes more than the #MeToo movement. Corporate women, and the men who fear them, are now facing another hashtag that just might put the nail in the corporate ladder coffin: #Sexism. Thanks to the #MeToo movement, women can rest assured that they will face discrimination more than ever. No longer will men want to include women on the company outings, or lunches, or have them attend company parties, or have one-on-one meetings with other male co-workers.
Women have isolated themselves and they have made the task a much harder one for the young women who are coming up after them. True, if men are being bad boys then they should be reported, fired, or convicted. However, when women created a movement that placed a spotlight on all men, even those who fell outside of the sexual assault spectrum, then women created a monster that set them back an entire decade. We can only hope that somehow this madness is resolved in a way that will bridge a new gap in communication between the sexes, rather than create a further divide. A resolution that includes mutual respect, effective communication, and mutual trust. It’s time to eliminate the hashtag movement, and instead, go back to the human movement that consists of compassion, understanding, and honesty. Even if only in our dreams.
Editor’s note: Small business owners should be wary that Wall Street may represent a microcosm of all of Business America, in varying degrees of intensity. Could it be that smaller businesses will react in a similar pattern to strong female applicants? Could it be that women owners of business may find themselves at a disadvantage when competing for potential customers?