Source: Harvard Business Review
The author claims that the Vice-President’s adherence to a personal policy to not have private meetings with female co-workers effectively quarantines them and bans them “from solitary meetings with male leaders, including prospective sponsors and career champions, their options for advancement, let alone professional flourishing, shrink.” This personal policy of the Vice-president is assumed to be based on The Billy Graham Rule, which encourages men to “avoid any situation that would have even the appearance of compromise or suspicion.”
Now, I don’t actually follow The Billy Graham Rule in my own life. It is not a personal policy of mine. Nevertheless, I respect the Vice-President’s personal decision to do so. The problem with the Left’s attack is that their perspective is skewed. It is not a personal policy meant to be directed at women or demean them in any way. It is a personal policy that the Vice-President directs at himself in order to respect his wife and their relationship.
The author states that these policies are rooted in fear, and that the “policies curbing contact between men and women at work serve to perpetuate the notions that women are toxic temptresses, who want to either seduce powerful men or falsely accuse them of sexual harassment.” Except that this is not the case at all. The key here is media scrutiny and public perception. The Vice-President’s wife — nor any wife for that matter — doesn’t deserve to read in the tabloids that the Vice-President had dinner and drinks with another woman, even if it was harmless. Frankly, I don’t think the Vice-President believes the scrutiny is worth it as he values his marriage more than than his work.
That doesn’t make him a misogynist. It makes him a good man.