To the men who were surprised by “me too” today

If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote “Me too” as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.

Men of Earth: If you have been surprised for one moment by the volume of today’s “me too” posts, you haven’t been paying attention.

So here’s a challenge: What are you going to do about it?

Name one thing. ANYTHING.

Some starter ideas:

  1. Commit to drinking less at your office party, and/or encouraging your company to reduce alcohol consumption at office events. Guess what happens when dudes drink around their co-workers?
  2. You know that colleague/boss/client who just makes you a bit uneasy with the way he talks to your female colleagues? Talk to him about it. Don’t make us do it.
  3. That joke you were going to make in the meeting this week, but you wondered whether it was totally appropriate? Don’t make it.
  4. Hire and promote women. Don’t trash talk women in managerial roles. More women managers=less harassment.
  5. Don’t participate in all-male meetings, after-work drinks, panels, etc. Just don’t.
  6. Talk to your sons and daughters about sexual harassment and behavior. When you’re watching a TV show where someone hits on a woman at work, talk about why that’s not OK.
  7. If your colleagues are going to Hooters — or a strip club — explain why this is not ok. Yes it really happens. It’s come up for me in multiple offices. It really sucks being the woman who doesn’t want to join in.

Gosh, I could keep going…but who else wants to offer some suggestions?

Author, Remote Inc: How To Thrive at Work…Wherever You Are. Tech speaker. Writer & data journalist for Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review & more.

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