The libertarian contingent here at MikeSouth.com has reported on the #MeToo movement since its inception, pointing a foreboding finger directly at both identitarian politics and the derision of due process. We’ve also noted as early as last year that the unintended effects of the movement would be severe and that the backlash was coming. Well, it’s here folks.
We has already seen the disastrous call-out culture hit the adult business, where Tweeted accusations — even absolutely baseless ones — have threatened to ruin careers overnight. Such extreme, reckless behavior is itself one of the unintended consequences of a well-intentioned movement seeking justice for the abused. For every action there is a reaction, and for #MeToo cancel culture gone awry, there was bound to be a backlash.
Forbes senior contributor Kim Elsesser has reported on a soon-to-be-published study, which demonstrates just how catastrophic the rudderless #MeToo movement has become — for women.
The unintended consequences of #MeToo just seem to get worse and worse. Initially, there was evidence that men were shying away from one-on-one interactions with women at work, including mentoring, one-on-one work meetings and socializing. Now, new research reveals women may be less likely to be hired for jobs where they are required to interact with men.
The new study found a shocking 21% of men and 12% of women report they are personally more reluctant to hire women for jobs that require close interpersonal interaction with men, like business travel. And these are just the employees that are aware of their bias—there are likely more that are unconsciously biased in favor of men for these jobs.
In addition, a bias against attractive women emerged. Almost one in five men, and about 6% of women report that as a result of #MeToo, they are less likely to hire attractive women. This research, soon to be published in the journal, Organizational Dynamics, is the first that has found that both men and women are altering their hiring behavior as a result of #MeToo.