Extrait de l'article du New York Post écrit par Naomi Schaefer Riley:
‘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.
According to a National Journal survey, a lot of politicians are worried about the consequences of being alone with female staffers. An article on the Web site last week revealed: “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.”
Well, that’s one explanation.
(...) More likely the congressmen, like the professors I’ve spoken to, don’t want to leave themselves open to claims of sexual harassment and the lawsuits that might result.
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.
(...) 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.