Ladies, we might be entering a new, horrifying era in history. I’d like you to close your eyes and visualize this terrifying world in which men might be forced to police themselves in the workplace. Imagine a world in which men might have to worry about how they are perceived. All the time. In every situation they find themselves in. Wouldn’t it be horrible if men had to live with the constant paranoia that something they say or do might be taken the wrong way?
Can you imagine having the entirety of your professional reputation entirely dependent on how other people see you? Can you imagine having to be that careful, all of the time? What if a gesture is misunderstood? What if the tone doesn’t come through correctly in the e-mail? What if that friendly smile comes across as a leer? What if that stray pat on the bottom is perceived as inappropriate?
No one should have to live in this level of fear, and we’re on the verge of thrusting an entire gender into a future of anxiety, manic self-policing, and indigestion. It is a tragedy, I tell you. An utter and complete tragedy. I don’t know how men could possibly be expected to function under these conditions. Something must be done. Forthwith. Without further hesitation.