Well, maybe I am phoning it in on the very first post on my blog, but the Facebook status update I’ve copied below seems to have garnered some attention and is as good a topic as any to kick this thing off.
The list I posted on my personal FB page was in response and in support of the trending #MeToo and #IBelieveYou hashtags you’ve probably noticed on social media.
The stated purpose of #MeToo is to show the magnitude of the number of women impacted by sexual harassment and sexual assault.
#IBelieveYou is a way for men to show support for the harassed and assaulted.
This issue has been pushed to the forefront largely because of the many allegations recently leveled at the Hollywood mega producer, Harvey Weinstein.
Here’s what I had to say on the topic earlier today and I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments:
Ok, so I only associate with kick ass women. They certainty don’t need me to swoop in and attempt some white knight nonsense on their behalf.
So instead, I’ll give some totally unsolicited to advice to “men” that’s obviously needed in a #MeToo world:
1. If you wouldn’t want a random guy to say a thing to your mom or your sister, don’t say it. In fact, if you have to apply such a test in the first place, just stop.
2. You never have permission to touch another person unless you actually have permission. No, not even if.
3. If the only way you can get a woman to smile at you is to tell her to smile, you need to stick to trolling the Ramada lounge out by the airport. You’re not ready for the big leagues.
4. Try taking more advice on women from your mom (or bonus – your grandma) and less from your cool uncle Donny with the awesome Penthouse collection.
5. Janet from accounting probably does look really hot in those pants. But unless you’re in a relationship with Janet, her pants are none of your business. Also, remember that if you skeeve her out by making a lewd comment about her pants, she’s probably going to stop wearing them, thereby ruining the Janet-pants experience for everyone else.
6. If you use your status at work for sex in any way, I sincerely hope you never make another dime. Gross.
7. Aside from some inexplicable appreciation for Amy Schumer, women can and do take jokes. Some of the funniest people I know are women. So joke. Just know when and where it’s appropriate. Also, if you do say something offensive, don’t try to play it off as a joke. Nobody is buying it. Just apologize.
That’s a good start. What would you guys add?