The word today is full of leaders, political and professional, who have led many an individual down the path toward inappropriate behavior, simply by example. In the case of the newly elected American president Donald Trump, some might argue that he embodies both. Now, young men are looking up to leaders who have inadvertently taught them that sexual harassment is acceptable again. Slapping a woman on the ass is just another way of saying “hello”.
Add to this new way of thinking the hypersensitivity demanded by the left and it is easy to see how a culture of sexual harassment is back in full swing. With a broad mixture of cultures coming together across America, different cultural beliefs have manifested negatively in the form of sexual harassment. Yet, the people cannot speak out against it, shame it, or even punish it if the action results from “differing cultural beliefs” because doing so would somehow be a form of intolerance.
Our intolerance for intolerance has led to far too much tolerance. The result? An indifference to the real issue at hand.
Now Uber is facing a serious allegation by a former employee. A former website reliability engineer by the name of Susan Fowler, has stated that the company failed to properly handle her complaints of sexual harassment. Insulting language about the women of the office and propositions for sex from managers elicited no quick response from HR, but the public blog post most certainly did from Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick. He adamantly stated that, “What she describes is abhorrent and against everything Uber stands for and believes in. It’s the first time this has come to my attention so I have instructed Liane Hornsey our new Chief Human Resources Officer to conduct an urgent investigation into these allegations.”
Promises have been made to take action against anyone who is found, after the investigation, to have behaved inappropriately.
All said and done, the writing is on the (virtual) wall. While likely unintentional, the actions of both sides of the recent political stage have set in motion a series of negative ramifications for women everywhere.