A panic is not an answer: We’re at imminent risk of turning this #metoo moment into a frenzied rush to blame all men

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS – CHRISTINA  HOFF SOMMERS

The fall of Harvey Weinstein and other celebrity sex monsters feels like a cultural turning point. The social contract between men and women is being rewritten before our eyes. There is a new resolve to make the workplace more respectful and equitable for women – for everyone.

But there is also panic in the air, which could ruin this #metoo moment.

The harassment scandals have prompted frenzied reactions:

Farhad Manjoo at the New York Times says he has reached the point where “I seriously, sincerely wonder how all women don’t regard all men as monsters to be constantly feared.” Does Manjoo include himself? Are his female colleagues at the Times suddenly in constant fear of him?

Niobe Way, a psychology professor at NYU, told NPR that the only way to address the harassment blight is to resocialize little boys: “We essentially raise boys in a culture that asks them to disconnect from their core humanity.”

The panic has even struck the Girl Scouts, who warned parents that their daughters don’t “owe anyone a hug” this holiday season. Parents who insist a little girl give grandma or grandpa a hug for a present can set her up to believe “she ‘owes’ another person physical affection because they bought her something.”

Read more at the NY Daily News

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