Dating fearful women

It would be easy to dismiss this as yet more campus lunacy, yet Riley claims this rot runs to the very top of American society. By carrying on like this we are nurturing and mollycoddling victimhood and it is having profound impacts.

And how soon before we start feeling ripples cross the Pond? Last month in Britain, “fearless feminist” barrister Charlotte Proudman publicly shamed Alexander Carter-Silk, 57, a senior solicitor, for complimenting her “stunning” Linked In profile picture – then claimed it was her career that had been “ruined”.

They will be frozen out of networks – or, increasingly, create their own women-only networks, which on the surface promise advancement yet deep down increase gender separatism.

Would the single-sex workplaces of the 1940s be safer for all?

Crushingly, Sex & The Office suggests men now view such ordinary, decent behaviours as “too risky” – and, in what will be a bitter irony for equality campaigners – claims that, as a direct consequence, women are now failing to advance at work.

This terror of being accused of sexual harassment is now so common it has its own term, “backlash stress”.

“Stories like these spread around workplaces, instilling a fear that innocent remarks will be misinterpreted,” she says. Of course, despite the fact that it is men who are getting the rough end of the pineapple here, this is all being painted as Officially Bad For Women, as they are failing to get on.

We cannot know exactly why each person voted Leave, but it seems reasonable to think that the key idea was expressed in the referendum slogan “Take back control”....

A new book claims that male office workers are now so afraid of being on the receiving end of a sexual harassment case, they are reluctant to mentor, assist, befriend and even hold open doors for female colleagues.

Riley cites a US National Journal survey where a male Congress aide said: “Several female aides have been barred from staffing their male bosses at evening events, driving alone with their congressman or senator, or even sitting down one-on-one in his office for fear that others would get the wrong impression.” In a lawsuit-happy culture, where claims can seemingly be made on a 'he said/she said' basis, men are now trying to ensure their actions are always covered by a third party witness. Amid this poisonous smog of mutual mistrust and, increasingly, contempt, is there any wonder men are becoming fearful of female co-workers?

Increasingly, they want to make sure the walls have ears – just in case something “inappropriate” is said. And, honestly, who’s got the foggiest clue about where “inappropriate” even begins these days? Above all, Sex & The Office is proof, if any were needed, that The Great Workplace Equality Project has spectacularly backfired.

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