Vice President Mike Pence received a dose of criticism on behalf of a faith-inspired website which bashed him for his rule of withholding from eating dinner alone with women other than his wife. This, naturally, caused quite the outrage among Pence’s supporters.
As per the New York Times’ op-ed by Katelyn Beaty, an editor-at-large for Christianity Today, the article read, “A Christian Case Against The Pence Rule.”
Beaty explained Pence’s rule especially in cases such as the one with Harvey Weinstein, who was accused multiple times of sexual harassment and abuse. Beaty is not on board that Pence’s rule would have helped the situation with Weinstein.
“But the Pence rule is inadequate to stop Weinstein-ian behavior,” she wrote. “In fact, it might be its sanctified cousin. It’s time for men in power to believe their female peers when they say that the rule hurts more than helps.”
Beaty even stated that by following a Christian-based principle led her and many others to steer clear of their common sense and rational thinking.
“The Pence rule arises from a broken view of the sexes: Men are lustful beasts that must be contained, while women are objects of desire that must be hidden away,” she wrote.
“Offering the Pence rule as a solution to male predation is like saying, ‘I can’t meet with you one on one, otherwise I might eventually assault you.’ If that’s the case, we have far deeper problems around men and power than any personal conduct rule can solve.”
“Tucker Carlson Tonight” senior political contributor Brit Hume understood where Pence is coming from and sides with him one hundred percent.
Mike Pence’s policy of avoiding being alone with women other than his wife looking better every day, though widely mocked when it first became known.
— Brit Hume (@brithume) November 17, 2017
Beaty was thrown into the fire after the comments, saying she had a different concept of what Pence’s rule entails.
You misunderstand The Pence Rule….it’s not to protect women from him, it’s to protect him from fallacious accusations of sexual harassment from women. https://t.co/HrK6LLzk0l
— The Brickhouse (@Brick______) November 16, 2017
Is this like saying that churches and youth groups are wrong to have two adults present with children to avoid any potential for (or wrongful accusations of) child sexual abuse? https://t.co/RBJPcziYHw
— Ian Patrick Hines (@ianpatrickhines) November 16, 2017
The “Pence Rule” is the only logical way to navigate a culture where mere accusations and gossip can destroy a reputation. Leave no room for even the appearance of impropriety.
You presume in this piece that accusations won’t ever be false? Pollyanna notion. Get a grip, NYT. https://t.co/baJ9mCMhvo
— Patrick Henry (@PH32375) November 16, 2017
— Obianuju Ekeocha (@obianuju) November 16, 2017
Beaty further pointed out the rule has a discriminatory ring to it:
“Most female Christian leaders I know find the Pence rule frustrating. (All the people I know who keep the rule are men.) Imagine a male boss keeps some variation of the rule but is happy to meet with a male peer over lunch or travel with him for business. The informal and strategic conversations they can have is the stuff of workplace advancement,” she said. “Unless there are women in senior leadership positions — and in many Christian organizations, there are not — women will never benefit from the kind of advancement available to men.”
“The answer is not to ask women to leave the room. It’s to hold all men in the room accountable, and kick out those who long ago lost their right to be there,” she wrote.