Remember that time when the left-wing media had a complete and utter meltdown because Vice President Mike Pence stated that he doesn’t dine with women who aren’t his wife?
Well, it’s happening again, and it’s just as annoying as it was before. Last Tuesday, Dr. Sebastian Gorka posted a tweet stating that if disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein had followed the rule, he would never have abused women. Then the whining began.
The Left Freaks Out Over the Mike Pence Rule
So, what is the Pence Rule? Well, he will not dine alone with a woman who isn’t his wife or attend any events where alcohol might be served without his wife present.
While some news outlets ignored Dr. Gorka’s tweet, others decided that it was more critical to attack the Pence Rule for misogyny than it was to focus on whether or not the rule would prevent alleged sexual predators like Harvey Weinstein from victimizing women.Sebastian Gorka
To start things off, we have Vox, who lambasted the rule for its supposed selfishness. “It is a completely self-serving maxim, designed to protect men against women, and not the other way around,” they wrote. “It does little for the women whose careers are stymied by a lack of access to good mentors and peers. A system in which private male-female interaction is treated as an automatic ‘red flag’ is one that penalizes women for existing.”
But that wasn’t all. Vogue also joined in on the fun. “This modus operandi of avoiding one-on-one time with women colleagues works well for Pence, and at least he’s consistent: He denies not only one-on-one dinner meetings to women but reproductive rights, too,” they write. “All the easier to see women as subhumans whose bodies should be subject to government control when you can’t so much as sit across from and share a burger with one.”
Ouch. Not to be outdone, The Daily Dot had this to say:
“By adhering to Pence’s rule, it reinforces the (false) idea that all interactions between men and women are sexually charged, and a third-party is necessary to stop anything from happening, consensual or otherwise. By not putting oneself in that position, some argue, there is no moral quandary a man has to face, not to mention an admission of a lack of trust in oneself.”
Why Does the Left Hate the Pence Rule?
What’s the real reason the left hates Pence’s rule? The idea that a man would take precautions to avoid the appearance of impropriety or actual misconduct is a positive thing, right? Beyond that, the rules a couple decides to make in their marriage shouldn’t be anyone else’s business – after all, isn’t the left always telling conservatives to stay out of people’s bedrooms?
Well, we could take them at face value and assume that they genuinely believe that refusing to eat dinner alone with other females is a sexist way to prevent women from having the same career opportunities as men. However, this point falls flat when you consider the fact that men like Pence don’t necessarily need to eat dinner alone with females to serve as their mentors or discuss career opportunities.
There are other ways to facilitate these types of meetings – they could happen in the office with the door open or with others present. Dinners are not the only way for a man to meet with a woman on a professional level.
The Daily Dot makes a more sensible argument by indicating that Pence’s rule implies that “all interactions between men and women are sexually charged.” Of course, the idea that all such encounters between men and women are rife with sexual tension is absurd – but that’s not the only point of the Pence rule.
Is the Vice President really concerned that any meeting with a member of the opposite sex could lead to a scandal? Of course not. But he, and others, understand that many who find themselves in a situation where they are tempted typically don’t see it coming. Furthermore, a man in Pence’s position as a Republican politician is wise to recognize that even the appearance of infidelity could destroy his career.
Think about it: how would the establishment media react if a prominent Republican leader were accused of becoming intimately involved with a woman who was not his wife? What would happen if a female staffer claimed that he sexually harassed her?
We know exactly what would happen. With gleeful abandon, CNN, MSNBC, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, and every other left-wing media outlet around would rush to put the politician’s alleged sins on full display. They would pounce on the story like a pack of rabid hyenas – even if the accusations were unsubstantiated. Of course, It’s unlikely that many Democratic leaders would need the Pence rule, as the press doesn’t typically react that way to a left-wing politician.
The Pence rule isn’t intended only to protect a man’s marriage. For men in prominent positions, it also protects their careers. Perhaps this is the real reason the left hates the fact that Vice President Pence follows this guideline. After all, could you imagine them criticizing former President Barack Obama if he implemented such a rule in his marriage?
By adhering to this philosophy, Pence torpedoes any chance they will have to attack him. If other Republican politicians did the same, the left might lose a valuable source of rhetorical ammunition. They can’t have that, can they?
What do you think? Why does the left hate the Pence Rule? Let us know in the comments below!
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