Men wary of women colleagues due to #MeToo
“There are a lot of men who don’t know how to navigate a post-#MeToo world.” – Jillian Kilfoil
Women and men worry that the climate that is making women to speak up about the sexual harassment at the workplace could backfire. This in turn by make some men wary of female colleagues after #MeToo. The outcry about the misbehavior, sexual harassment and misconduct may result in the unintended consequence of holding women back.
Men are being wary of women due to the popularity of #MeToo. There is a feeling of a wall that was not present previously, that is suddenly because men don’t know what’s appropriate anymore. It is disconcerting.
After #MeToo at the workplace:
Men are wary in the workplace about their female counterparts. They are being more careful, more formal in their relationships with co-workers. What has happened about the controversy is pervasive. Every day there is a new accusation and threat.
Men are now avoiding one-on-one social occasions that were normal in the past. The avoidance issue is the biggest concern. The marginalization of women in the business world is at least as big a problem as harassment.
Men are more likely to shy away from mentoring women in the post #MeToo workplace. It’s definitely not the right reaction and it is hurtful for the advancement of women. Almost half of the male managers are uncomfortable either mentoring, working alone or socializing with women in the workplace in the post #MeToo world.
Results of #MeToo Movement
A study was conducted across Bengaluru and other 4 metros. Nearly 80% of men now are overly cautious in their interactions with women colleague in the wake of the #MeToo movement.
58% of female respondents say that the support of non-government organizations to help the #MeToo victims at homes.
It is learned that the abusers are not powerful men alone. Even after the movement, the victims are not safe.