#TooMuch #MeToo?

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Re­gard­ing Kath­leen Parker’s Dec. 5 Wed­nes­day Opin­ion col­umn, “#MeToo’s un­in­tended con­se­quences”:

Do Ms. Parker’s or­tho­pe­dist and den­tist hug their male pa­tients, too?

If a man thinks he must keep him­self from be­ing alone in a room with a woman for fear of be­ing ac­cused of ha­rass­ment, he has se­ri­ous judg­ment is­sues. Haven’t many of us won­dered what the prob­lem with Vice Pres­i­dent Pence is? He has said he would not dine alone with a woman other than his wife. Does he not trust him­self?

Don’t blame #MeToo if men have to take a look at their thoughts and be­hav­iors. Women will keep mov­ing up. We do not wel­come those creepy hugs.

Ruth Gold­man, Wash­ing­ton

Kath­leen Parker’s col­umn was the most in­sight­ful ex­pres­sion I have read of the most per­va­sive and harm­ful side ef­fect of the #MeToo move­ment. Since I was a young man in the late 1960s, I have hon­ored and worked for the prin­ci­ples of equal rights, equal pay and the right to choose, and my gen­er­a­tion pro­duced a long list of per­sua­sive women lead­ing the way. Yet the friend­ship of women, which I have al­ways trusted and hon­ored, and the per­sonal in­ti­ma­cies of that shared hu­man ex­pe­ri­ence seem to drown in an ac­cu­sa­tion. Charles Bes­sant, Sil­ver Spring

Kath­leen Parker wrote that, com­pared with women in the work­force to­day, “fewer women of the baby boom gen­er­a­tion were likely to think of them­selves as vic­tims in in­stances of work­place ha­rass­ment.” Hello? For decades, women have been acutely aware of ha­rass­ment in the work­place and their se­verely lim­ited abil­ity to stave it off. That is pre­cisely what it means to know that you are a vic­tim — to see your­self harmed yet un­able to pre­vent or avoid it.

Since the dawn of male dom­i­nance, women have been con­scious of be­ing vic­tims of work­place ha­rass­ment; it is not a new thing.

Mil­lions of baby boomers en­tered the U.S. work­force from the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s. Some are now re­tired, but the ma­jor­ity are still work­ing. Does Ms. Parker truly be­lieve those women have dif­fi­culty grasp­ing that on un­count­able oc­ca­sions they were (and per­haps still are) vic­tims of ha­rass­ment? Robert Tiller, Sil­ver Spring

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