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Treat Every Woman as Equal to Your Mother

Treat Every Woman as Equal to Your Mother
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By    |   Friday, 07 December 2018 03:13 PM

With the advent of the #MeToo movement, strategies have been constructed to keep more men out of possible trouble, if not learning the importance of every woman being respected and valued as a human being.

I, myself, have written about the importance of fathers intentionally training up their sons to be respectful of girls and women in light of the testimonies and stories of assault that have been made known in this sexual assault revelation era (if I may call it that). Nevertheless, others have created their own code of conduct or rules to abide by to evade any accusations being leveled in their direction.

With all that has come out about Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein, many of us have found a sense of inspiration to maintain a more appropriate behavior in the work place and elsewhere when interacting with the opposite sex (sometimes, the same sex). Most of us would rather not have those ugly old skeletons in the closet fall out on us and dramatically change our lives and alter the way people see us.

Now, although there may be an influx of strategies that are designed to keep appropriate behavior between males and females, from fathers training up a child in a certain manner to an argument made that more men should read more literary fiction, there may be some action plans or policies, be they official or unofficial, that may be either ludicrous or not mutually beneficial.

For example, there appears to be a "rule" on Wall Street that is now calling for men to avoid women at all cost. It was pointed out in a Bloomberg piece that this newly applied standard may isolate women in finance and actually make it harder for them to move on and move up in their careers.

Now, what some are calling the "Pence Rule" or the "Billy Graham Rule," I call purposely living by a religious standard, which calls for not giving any appearance of evil or wrongdoing. Also, I call it being smart because some men are married to wives who may get a little jealous of them being out with other women at lunches or meetings. Plus, let us be honest: it is quite possible for affairs between two consenting adults to happen. We all have heard of them before and we can imagine that it will happen again.

In spite of reasons why this "rule" is beneficial to many men, it should not be used if it will prevent others from climbing up the corporate ladder and is unfair altogether. The rule could be adjusted in some cases to not become a problematic obstruction of business meetings and keeping Wall Street or any career that women desire to be a part of from becoming a "Boys Club." There are times when men can and should just respectfully keep hands to themselves, eyes focused on the other person's face, and keep any and all compliments to their self.

The opposite sex should not be avoided altogether by any means necessary. They should just be treated as valuable human beings who hopefully will bring valuable knowledge and experience to their new role in whatever corporation or workplace. Ask yourself this question: would you want your mom held up from a promotion or a job that she is qualified for? If it would be unfair to your mother, then it is unfair to the next woman! Period!

Jerome Danner is a member of Project 21, an initiative of The National Center for Public Policy Research. Follow him on Twitter (@DannerJerome) and Facebook (Facebook.com/ThITwithJDanner) for more of his thoughts and commentary. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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With the advent of the #MeToo movement, strategies have been constructed to keep more men out of possible trouble, if not learning the importance of every woman being respected and valued as a human being.
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Friday, 07 December 2018 03:13 PM
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