Bill O’Reilly is so far keeping his $18m-a-year gig at Fox, despite serial accusations of sexual harassment. The vice-president apparently won’t dine alone with any woman other than his wife. And just about every week now, it seems, there’s a photo released of another all-male group of legislators gathered around a table in Washington preparing to strip women of essential benefits – in what some believe is a calculated signal to the GOP base that the US Congress remains a boys’ club.
How did we suddenly wind up back in the Mad Men era when it comes to gender relations at work?
As battles we thought had been settled decades ago resurface, social scientists say we’re witnessing a backlash to the loss of male dominance in the world of work. The phenomenon was a key factor in the election of Donald Trump.
Dan Cassino, a political scientist at Fairleigh Dickinson University, found when he asked primary voters questions crafted to remind them that many women earn more money than men, those men became less likely to support Hillary Clinton. Some white guys in power would like to keep it for themselves, thank you very much. With a little help from voter suppression and democratic complacency, maybe they will.
As the attorney Lisa Bloom put it in a Monday press conference calling out a culture of sexism at Fox: “We are not living in the stone age or the Mad Men era.” She was speaking alongside her client Wendy Walsh, one of the most recent women to step forward to accuse O’Reilly of harassment, and she seemed to be trying to convince herself as much as anyone. Bloom is also the attorney for Jill Harth, Trump’s former business…
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