By Eugène E.
As high-profile males and swashbuckling power brokers all of stripes continue to be targeted by sexual harassment accusations, some of which predate the fall of the Berlin Wall, ordinary men – who may not have big reputations to lose, but who still are conscious of the temperature of the time and of the national unemployment rate – are gearing up to adjust to the new reality in the workplace. So are the companies they work for.
The feminist-led witch hunt is creating a climate of insecurity, and it will only get worse. Where will all this lead? What is the new reality going to look like? Predicting the future is a fool’s game, but if the present is at least a somewhat reliable prologue to the future, the road ahead – for men, at least – will be an angst-ridden one. Yes, the environment for women will likely be a lot safer – a noble accomplishment. But at what cost? That men will need to tread a lot more carefully than ever before is a given. Flirtatious banter and playful sallies redolent of anything sexual, however faintly, will be verboten at work. Humor will have to be necessarily sanitized. Wistful glances will need to be a bit less wistful lest they be misinterpreted as wanton leers. Men will be a lot more reluctant to engage in any work-related sessions that involve tête-à-têtes with the fairer sex. Distrust and discomfort will govern interaction between the sexes. Some men might even think twice before entering an elevator if they’re about to share the ride with a lone woman.
Conscious of the potential legal liability involved, companies will lead the charge on behalf of the oppressed women of the Western world. Workplace manuals will turn into feminist pamphlets. Failure to use gender-neutral pronouns will result in written warnings and, in case of repeat violations, terminations. The more progressive companies will encourage the use of feminine pronouns in a bid to redress centuries of male oppression and domination. Offices will create male-free space where women will be given the opportunity to relax in a setting that does not involve the anxiety fomented by the presence of men. Romantic liaisons between coworkers – at least heterosexual ones – will be banned (which will only create more difficulties for men, since an increasing number of companies are making a major effort to keep employees in the office longer than ever). Every HR department will include specialists to deal with women’s affairs. Christmas parties (if the word “Christmas” isn’t banned from usage) might be organized twice: one for all employees, and one for female employees only (again, to provide an environment in which women can feel at ease). Both men and women will require the help of psychotherapists in order to adjust to the new gender roles into which they have been thrust and ones that run counter to the laws of nature.
There will be wide ramifications for society, which will witness a gender convergence – women will become more assertive, and thus, more masculine, while men will need to be less assertive, and thus, deprived of the traditional (and, one might add, natural) concept of virility, more feminine. This will make both genders – but particularly men – more reluctant to apply to the institution of marriage and procreate, a reluctance that will only be reinforced by the greater psychological duress caused by the new gender reality.
The old relationship model will have been destroyed. Relationships will be more formalized and framed along contractual lines (the use of the word “partner” to refer to a significant other is indicative of this trend). Stripped of intimacy, romance and sentiments, affairs of the heart will no longer be such – an evolution that will be complemented by the ubiquitous use of technology spawned by the cyber age. People will, on the whole, feel a lot lonelier – both women and men. Unwilling to compromise and override their natural instincts, the more desperate ones among the latter will head to medieval towns in Eastern Europe or humid metropolises in Southeast Asia to regain some sense of their emaciated manhood.
The above are certainly not projections, but merely wild transports of the imagination – for now. But then today’s dystopia is next year’s reality. To see how far we’ve already come, consider the case of US Vice President Mike Pence, who has apparently made it a personal policy to avoid having one-on-one meals with any woman except his wife (curiously, the decision has led to his being derided by many a feminist for impeding the progress of women’s march to equality and freedom – men just can’t seem to win). Or consider the case of an investment manager at a small firm, who has confided to me that he will never interview a prospective female candidate if he’s alone in the office – from his perspective, the potential risks are simply too high.
Or consider the case of one company that I happen to be involved with. ABC Inc. – we’ll call it that – has a committee called “Women at ABC”, which is there to encourage women empowerment (which is something of a paradox – if you truly feel empowered, you won’t need to turn this into an official framework and remind everyone of how empowered you are). A women-only room exists in ABC’s internal chat system; every female staffer is in it, from the C-Suite down to the entry level. Though men are not officially banned from the room, there’s an implicit understanding that they are not to join it, either. The inclusion that feminism claims to promote is anything but inclusive; it is reverse sexism designed to exclude men, to make them redundant.
I have been made privy to some of the discussions that have taken place in that chat room by an inside source, who has helpfully provided a number of screenshots for my viewing pleasure. The screenshots show ABC female staff freely discussing such things as “bad boyfriend” experiences and lesbian sex. If the men of ABC were to do anything remotely close, there would be an outcry and denouncements of discrimination and objectivization of women; but double standards grease the wheels of contemporary feminism. While proclaiming to make things fairer for women, feminism is only making them unfair for men.
The problem is not so much that women will feel more assertive and men less so – indeed, if things were limited to that, there wouldn’t be much to discuss. The problem is that the changing dynamics of gender interaction will continue to adversely affect the demographic situation in the Western world. Feminism is not conducive to population growth; countries where feminist (and other untraditional) values have taken root typically have dismal growth rates, at least as far as the autochthonous populations are concerned. The average household in these countries can be expected to continue to have 0.7 children and 1.4 dogs, running well below the rate of replenishment required for the survival of any society, and reinforcing the depopulation already experienced by many Western societies.
Given the current civilizational interplay, the prognosis is bleak. Much of the West is assailed by a religion whose numerous adherents are claiming ever more space in the West. This religion gives short shrift to women’s rights; according to its fundamental tenets, women add up to little more than chattel. Watching developments in the Western world with an amused eye, Islam – which, unlike Western civilization, understands that power is in numbers – is biding its time. Who will protect the women of the Western world from Sharia law? The “silence breakers” just chosen by Time as persons of the year? As the Muslim faith continues to strengthen its presence in Western countries, feminists remain oblivious to the darkening horizon, oblivious to the fact that the enfeeblement of men and the promotion of rights they are seeking so enthusiastically can lead to a world in which women will, in the end, have no rights at all.