A majority of women think it's 'inappropriate' to dine alone with a man. Given what we know about workplace harassment, can we really blame them?by Barbara Speed / July 4, 2017 / Leave a comment
I’ll start by saying I think Mike Pence has a point.
When it emerged in March that the US Vice President won’t go for dinner or an event alone with a woman who isn’t his wife, especially if alcohol was involved, the hot takes were unstoppable. This, we declared, was the problem with right-wing men. They wouldn’t include women at work events, because they couldn’t trust themselves to be alone with them. And women’s careers suffered as a result.
But this week, the New York Times has revealed that a majority of Americans basically agree with him. In a survey of just over 5,000 registered voters, the Times found that 53 per cent of women thought it would be ‘inappropriate’ to have dinner alone with a member of the opposite sex. Forty-five per cent of men agreed.
Having a drink was even worse: only 29 per cent of women thought this was appropriate, while, again, men were more balanced at 41 per cent appropriate and 48 per cent inappropriate.