“I want to avoid temptation” Okay nice try but fuck you. Women aren’t something to be tempted by they are people. Just because you see one doesn’t mean that you are tempted. And saying that you don’t want to meet someone of the oppisite sex in a one on one meeting makes you look rapey, as long as you aren’t a rapist you should be able to control yourself.

While women aren’t something to be tempted by, nor are men. Men and women have both sexualized the workplace inappropriately; 1 in 10 cases of sexual harassment reported to the EEOC feature a male professional as the victimand this percentage is rising in spite of an overall decline in reported sexual harassment cases. It’s sadly the exception that makes the rule.

Just as your use of unprofessional language is evident in your scathing critique of other unprofessional behaviors, not every professional understands every aspect of professionalism. It is only prudent in our litigious society to avoid potential for fireable accusations.

You’re offended by men who avoid one-on-one meetings with you? As a man, I’m terrified of doing/not doing/saying/not saying the right thing with colleagues who are as easily offended as you are. I still meet with my colleagues and do my best to treat them all equally, but is it too much that I expect the same courtesy and interpersonal grace when I say something unwittingly offensive?

Context matters in every scenario; there are those who use a policy like Mr. Pence’s as a vehicle for sexist discrimination, and there are those who use the exact same policy as a means of maintaining professional boundaries between business and personal life. In either case, policy is a tool, not a motivation.

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