Anyone with half a brain cell still working knew back in 2017, when the #MeToo movement started, that the backlash would set feminism, and females in the business world backwards, rather than "empowering" them as they originally thought, and every single study taken, by multiple organizations and researchers since, has proven this to be the case.
Quick Background On #MeToo: After the scandal over Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein broke, women took to Twitter using the #MeToo hashtag with claims they too were sexually abused or assaulted. The problem that soon became apparent as many tried to point out back then, was claims were being made with no police report, no proof, nothing but a woman naming a man and claiming some type of "sexual misconduct," which often led to the defamation of many high profile men and even cost some their jobs.
Soon lists were made, such as the "Sh*tty Media Men," list, which was passed around privately using a Google document so any woman could name and shame any man, where actual accusations of rape and assault were listed along with men that "flirted" badly, or had "weird lunch dates," and the term "misconduct" became a catch-all phrase to attack those men.... again, without any proof.
Since late 2017 when the #MeToo movement exploded and went completely off the rails, multiple polls, surveys and studies have been conducted, and in each case, found that the manner which the movement was handled, the rampant allegations without any evidence, caused a variety of issues that are considered "backlash" against the movement.
In October 2018, The Economist reported on the results of two such surveys they had commissioned, one from late 2017, and one from late 2018.
The poll, which was conducted on 1,500 people in late 2017 and again in October, revealed a growing minority of people, both men and women, who agree with the ideas that false accusations are a bigger problem than unreported assaults, women who make sexual harassment complaints cause more problems than they solve, and men who sexually harassed women 20 years ago should not lose their jobs.
The Economist commissioned YouGov to conduct the two polls, one shortly after actress Alyssa Milano sent the #MeToo hashtag viral and then another following the conclusion of Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court, which proved to be a contentious time pitting groups that believe survivors unconditionally and the legal precedent of innocent until proven guilty.
I would disagree with the Economist's labeling it "victim" shaming, especially when one of the results show a rise in both men and women thinking "false accusations" are an issue, because if someone files makes a false accusation, they are in no way a "victim."
What exactly "too far" means wasn't defined in the surveys. But in follow-up conversations, several respondents cited a rush to judgment, the prospect of unproven accusations ruining peoples' careers or reputations, and a bandwagon effect that may prompt some to claim sexual misconduct for behavior that doesn't quite rise to that level.
A different poll in October 2018 found that "57% of U.S. adults say they’re equally worried about men facing false allegations of sexual assault as they are regarding women facing sexual assault," as reported by Morning Consult, who conducted the poll.
Another issue considered "backlash" stemming from the #MeToo movement that has come to light in multiple polls and studies, is interactions between men and women in the workplace. Multiple reports indicated in 2018, that men were more hesitant to hire women for jobs that involved spending time alone with the women in the office, or outside the office for work related events.
Polling and studies in 2019 has shown the backlash is still growing, while individual polling shows different figures, depending on the polling organization, the amount of respondents and the wording of the questions, each one indicates that the #MeToo movement has set women back in the workplace.
The latest research report on by Harvard Business Review compares research by Leanne Atwater, a management professor at the University of Houston and her research colleagues, from 2018 and the same questions asked in 2019, and found the backlash is still growing.
Via HBR (from their September-October 2019 issue):
The study’s biggest surprise has to do with backlash. Respondents said they expected to see some positive effects of the #MeToo movement: For instance, 74% of women said they thought they would be more willing now to speak out against harassment, and 77% of men anticipated being more careful about potentially inappropriate behavior. But more than 10% of both men and women said they thought they would be less willing than previously to hire attractive women. Twenty-two percent of men and 44% of women predicted that men would be more apt to exclude women from social interactions, such as after-work drinks; and nearly one in three men thought they would be reluctant to have a one-on-one meeting with a woman. Fifty-six percent of women said they expected that men would continue to harass but would take more precautions against getting caught, and 58% of men predicted that men in general would have greater fears of being unfairly accused.
Because the data was collected soon after the #MeToo movement gained momentum, and because much of it focused on expectations, the researchers conducted a follow-up survey (with different people) in early 2019. This revealed a bigger backlash than respondents had anticipated. For instance, 19% of men said they were reluctant to hire attractive women, 21% said they were reluctant to hire women for jobs involving close interpersonal interactions with men (jobs involving travel, say), and 27% said they avoided one-on-one meetings with female colleagues; only one of those numbers was lower in 2019 than the numbers projected the year before. The researchers say that some of the behaviors are manifestations of what is sometimes called the Mike Pence rule—a reference to the U.S. vice president’s refusal to dine with female colleagues unless his wife is present. “I’m not sure we were surprised by the numbers, but we were disappointed,” says Rachel Sturm, a professor at Wright State University who worked on the project. “When men say, ‘I’m not going to hire you, I’m not going to send you traveling, I’m going to exclude you from outings’—those are steps backward.”
A note on one the graphs of that study states "A follow-up survey in 2019 showed that the backlash was even worse than anticipated."
That study also offered up a major surprise as reported by The Post Millennial: "The study found that 16% of men and 11% of women agreed with the statement “I will/would be more reluctant to hire attractive women.” Additionally, 15% of both men and women agreed with the statement “I will be more reluctant to hire women for jobs that require close interpersonal interactions with men (for example, traveling).”
Yes, now even women in business are less likely to hire other women.
• 60% of managers who are men are uncomfortable participating in a common work activity with a woman, such as mentoring, working alone, or socializing together. That’s a 32% jump from a year ago.
• Senior-level men are now far more hesitant to spend time with junior women than junior men across a range of basic work activities.
• 12x more likely to hesitate to have 1-on-1 meetings;
• 9x more likely to hesitate to travel together for work, and;
• 6x more likely to hesitate to have work dinners.
FEMINISTS REFUSE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE REAL PROBLEM
Feminists, when discussing this backlash from the #MeToo movement think that if men would just not be "a**holes," or would just "act appropriately," they wouldn't have anything to worry about, but that negates the countless examples of women conflating actual harassment with nothing more than a compliment.
Example: President Trump once told an Irish reporter she was beautiful and had a nice smile. Liberal reactions? They screamed it was "bizarre," with others calling it "absolutely disgusting," with yet another calling it "sexual harassment."
Other examples can be found all over the internet, an old "elevator joke," threatens to get a male professor sanctioned, a man tells a bartender she was pretty, she opines in a long article over at Slate about how "I'm a server, not your sex toy," and so on and so on it goes, where if a man so much as opens his mouth, he is being treated like a sex offender even when they have done nothing wrong.
Feminists just cannot seem to admit that their perpetual state of being offended is a major part of the problem, along with the fact that these days one can be accused of "sexual misconduct" when they have done nothing wrong, because it isn't sexual harassment, nor sexual assault, and no one really knows what the term even means.
At this point "sexual misconduct" appears to mean "anything a feminist finds offensive," which is pretty much everything these days!
It has been nearly two years since the #MeToo movement exploded online, and each survey, research study and poll, finds that the backlash is still increasing because of the way the whole movement was abused.
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