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    Re: Shouldn't there be a thread on sexual harassment?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ibelsd View Post
    [COLOR=#2A2A2A][FONT=proxima-nova]"Consider what’s happening in the capital of Florida. Female staffers and lobbyists have found “many male legislators will no longer meet with them privately,”

    I am not going to respond point by point to your post. It is not productive and your first sentence is just twisting and spinning where you take your position and then claim it was never your position. Furthermore, the point of the OP is that MeToo will end badly for women because of its amorphous nature and the above article demonstrates how this is actually occurring.
    First off, I rebutted your argument that the movement is particularly amorphous or "diluted" in my last post. You can ignore my rebuttal for any reason you care to forward but until you do offer a challenge to my rebuttal, it stands. So at this point the notion that the MeToo movement is too amorphous has been rebutted. And the quotes from your article (which I should point out is an editorial, not a news article) in no way support the position that there is a backlash due to MeToo being too amorphous or going too far.

    Just because people are engaging in some form of backlash does not support that they are engaging in it for any particular reason and therefore backlash, in and of itself, shows no flaw against a movement. There was a clear backlash against the Civil Rights movement in the 60s with some very extreme actions, including murder. And no one suggests that this backlash was due to legitimate flaws in the civil rights movement.

    Likewise just pointing to a backlash against MeToo in no way supports that MeToo is flawed in any particular way. To me, it sounds like sheer paranoia to be afraid to be left alone in a room with a woman for fear of an accusation of sexual harassment despite doing absolutely nothing wrong. It's not reasonable to blame MeToo if certain men overreact to women reporting very legitimate instances of sexual harassment and assault. Since I'm not prone to overreaction and I don't sexually harass women, I'm not afraid to be alone with a women in a business setting.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ibelsd View Post
    And there is also this:
    "Writing in The American Interest, Claire Berlinski calls the #MeToo movement “a frenzied extrajudicial warlock hunt that does not pause to parse the difference between rape and stupidity”
    And so what? So you managed to find a quote from someone bad-mouthing MeToo?

    And the criticism is clearly wrong about not parsing the difference. Charlie Rose was not accused of rape nor has suffered the consequences that a rapist would suffer. So obviously there is a clear, recognizable difference. So what someone, who has their own opinion, wants to blather on about doesn't support anything.

    When someone shows an example of someone receiving a rapist's punishment for mere sexual harassment, then I will say that evidence has been forwarded that MeToo does not differentiate between the two.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ibelsd View Post
    This final point has been one of my key arguments and certainly rebuts your central premise that the MeToo movement has been guided by some sort of central principles or authority.
    No it doesn't. It's just someone bad-mouthing MeToo without providing any evidence to back up her position. Going by that, I just need to find someone, anyone really, saying great things about MeToo to support that it's the best thing ever.
    Last edited by mican333; February 5th, 2018 at 02:25 PM.



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