It’s more complicated: Factors that influence conversations around gender and inclusivity.
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Bloomberg’s sexism, like that of fellow New York City billionaire Donald Trump, has been prolific and well-documented, but for some reason, the stories about him don’t seem to have taken hold. He is still being embraced by the Democratic establishment as a viable option for its presidential nominee.
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Undoubtedly, the impact of the #metoo movement has been a net positive, changing the way U.S. workers interact with each other in the office, the way supervisors treat their employees, and the way organizations handle sexual harassment training and allegations of misconduct. But everything is about balance. And in the wake of the movement came stories of men who were afraid of what might happen if they were falsely accused.
The holiday can trace its origins to a 2010 episode of “Parks and Rec,” in which the main character, Leslie Knope, decides that the day before Valentine’s Day should be an opportunity to celebrate the platonic love among women. In the years since the episode aired, the fictional holiday has caught on in the real world. But why hasn’t there been a male equivalent?
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Not surprisingly, research shows that many women are hesitant to talk about menopause at work, for fear that they’ll be ridiculed, discriminated against, or marked as targets for layoffs. As long as the corporate world avoids the topic, women will suffer in silence—or perhaps even drop out of the workforce all together.
“In a moment where he should show composure and measure, he’s not doing that. But he’s going to get away with it because that’s what happens when you’re a man. You can do whatever you want. For women, we’re held to a different standard and it’s demoralizing as a candidate and it’s demoralizing as a voter.”