For most reasonable human beings, this should be a concerning spectacle, as most humans have accrued at least a few skeletons in their closets during their lifetimes.
It also remains to be seen how far we’re willing to take the disease of political correctness and to what depths certain groups wish to harness it as a tool of control and discord will sink to.
Finally, after the party is over, how many of these accusations will turn out to be rubbish?
The idea that women are always innocent and need special protection in the workplace from sexual innuendos and ribald humor isn’t new; it far predates Me Too, but with this movement, the polarizing rhetoric, especially in a culture of microaggressions and victimhood, has increased tenfold.
Take, for instance, the incendiary declaration that anyone who questions the validity of misconduct allegations is a “victim shamer.” No one wants to catch bullet in our politically correct climate today, especially businesses and high-profile individuals.
But as reports of sexual misconduct accusations rippling and ricocheting across Hollywood and Washington become an almost daily event, it seems the troubling rhetoric of the Me Too movement has gotten rather out of hand, infecting the political and corporate world with a strange brand of witch hunting neo-puritanism that colors men as predators and women as victims in need of swift protection.
At this moment in time, the increasing lynch mob that is Me Too sees the slightest gesture of sexual or romantic interest in the workplace as grounds for Victorianesque intervention, if not inquisition.
It’s validating for them now, but might not feel so good when the shoe is on the other foot.
Nonetheless, the precedent has been set, and what’s good for the goose may be good for the gander, later on down the road in some shape or form.
It seems that minor sexual inferences—even ambiguous transgressions—are now fertile ground for indignation and harsh corporate review, no matter how long ago they’re purported to have happened.