USA: Immer mehr Männer suchen Zuflucht hinter offenen Türen
"I always leave my door open when female students are in my office."
That’s what a professor at a prestigious liberal-arts college told me a few years ago. And since then, I’ve heard similar sentiments from numerous male academics.
The atmosphere on campus is so volatile these days when it comes to relations between the sexes, and young ladies have been known to make unfounded accusations against fellow students as well as employees. So these professors have decided to play it safe.
They’re not the only ones.
(...) Feminists have managed to create an employment atmosphere where men walk around on pins and needles wondering when something they say might be taken out of context or when a woman might decide to ruin a man’s career with a false accusation.
Surely there are plenty of male bosses guilty of boorish behavior. But there are also plenty of women who believe that a sexist joke or even a compliment on one’s outfit is enough to create a "hostile work environment."
And so rather than engaging in a "he-said, she-said" deposition, many bosses would rather make sure they have witnesses to every interaction.
Of course, the notion that female staffers are being prevented from certain kinds of interactions with their bosses has provoked outrage from predictable quarters.
Not only do staffers report that these policies make their jobs "significantly harder to do," but it also makes it harder for these women to climb the professional ladder.
(...) A spokesman for the Office of Compliance explained: "A practice like this means that women can never become trusted advisors or rise to high positions within an office based solely upon their gender."
(...) There’s no doubt treating male and female employees differently is illegal, and a case could probably be made that these male bosses are discriminating.
But most politicians would rather be accused of avoiding one-on-one meetings with a female employee than of some kind of harassment.
Those "fences" have been built by the legal environment we live in. Once again, feminists have managed to turn women into helpless victims.
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