On my last trip to Singapore I attended a meeting at a company that is located in one of those big office skyscrapers. After making it past the lobby, I stepped into the elevator. There, I noticed that there was a bright white camera that stood out very clearly from the dark interior of the elevator itself. You would have to have been drunk or blind to not notice it. I fully support large-scale surveillance, so that was pleasant to see.
Later on, however, it struck me that the benefit of surveillance cameras in elevators is much more for men than women. Just think of all that #metoo nonsense: women making unsubstantiated claims on social media about CEOs, superiors, dentists, and lawyers who at least sexually harassed if not raped them. It’s funny how some of the most powerful men would go after some of the most unremarkable women. It’s never Joe the Garbage Man who rape some pudgy primary school teacher when she was still in her twenties and only mildly obese. Consequently, the “Mike Pence rule”, according to which Mike Pence, and any man following that rule, refuses to be alone with a woman, is enjoying great popularity. It has also gotten much more popular to not share the elevator with women. At this pace, we are probably only a few years away from segregation in the workspace based on sex, and all just because of a bunch of false accusations.
In a busy office tower, stepping out of the elevator whenever a woman comes in may just not be feasible. However, based on experience, is a woman more likely to falsely accuse a man or a man to sexually harass a woman in the elevator because he just can’t control himself? I’d say the answer is self-evident. It would be completely nonsensical for any man to sexually harass a chick in the office. You just would not risk your job for fondling some aging woman’s ass when you can get a tight hooker or some random slut on Tinder instead, if you are that desperate.
On the other hand, what does a woman have to gain from a false sexual harassment accusation? Everything. In the worst case, she won’t lose her job, and in the best case, she’ll walk away with a bag of money and a lot of media attention. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Kavanaugh walked away with a million bucks, celebrity-level media attention, and book deals. There are now even talks about a movie deal. That’s not a bad outcome for lying on the record. Such extremes would not be possible if the moral foundation of society was not rotten. Consequently, it seems that surveillance cameras nowadays have the primary purpose of protecting men from women. I certainly feel a lot more comfortable when I see a camera.
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