POLL: Most Republicans Blame #MeToo For "Burdening" Men In The Workplace
Feeling uncomfortable at work, men? Welcome to womanhood. Maybe you should just try smiling more!
The #MeToo movement has embolden victims of sexual misconduct to come forward and encouraged society to hold perpetrators accountable for their crimes.
While many people see the movement as a change in the right direction, not everyone thinks it has had a positive impact.
A new survey from the Pew Research Center found that a majority of Republicans surveyed think #MeToo makes things harder for men navigating the workplace.
The survey, titled "Sexual Harassment at Work in the Era of #MeToo, found that 68 percent of Republican men and 59 percent of Republican women believe the current social climate has made it more difficult for men to navigate workplace interactions with women.
Only 42 percent of Democrats surveyed shared this sentiment.
Fortunately, the same study found that Americans tend to believe women's stories, with 50% thinking men getting away with sexual misconduct is a major problem and 46 percent worrying that women aren't believed. Only 31 percent believing women lying is a major problem.
These Republicans seem to be complaining that it's a really hard time to be a man right now simply because men are being implored to be more aware of how they speak and act with the opposite sex in the workplace.
In reality, these men are finally getting a small insight into what women feel like. All the time. Every day.
As worried as these men might be about being labeled a predator or a sexist, their worries pale in comparison to the threat of sexual assault women face on a daily basis.
Women feel the unfair need to monitor their behavior, clothes, words, body language, and even smiles around men every day of their lives. Women are constantly on guard even around men they know and trust, because it turns out plenty of predators are "good guys" in disguise (Matt Lauer, Louis C.K., and Charlie Rose come to mind).
Men, you're not "under attack" because you now have to monitor your behavior — you're just feeling what it's like to be a woman.