If Neil deGrasse Tyson’s accusers had come forth 5 years ago, it wouldn’t have made a blip in the media–traditional or social. Two of the accusations involved him being “creepy.” That is, he looked further at a tattoo of the planets on a woman’s upper arm, and he invited a colleague for wine and cheese and offered a special handshake that involved staring into each other’s eyes and feeling each other’s pulses. Tyson doesn’t deny either event took place, but states he had no bad intentions and had no idea that the women were bothered.
The third accusation of a drugged rape is, much more serious and Tyson denies it took place at all. The event was over 30 years ago, and would be impossible to verify.
And this leads us to a recent article at Bloomberg regarding men on Wall Street being wary of being alone with any women–but especially with young and attractive women. The article begins:
No more dinners with female colleagues. Don’t sit next to them on flights. Book hotel rooms on different floors. Avoid one-on-one meetings.
In fact, as a wealth adviser put it, just hiring a woman these days is “an unknown risk.” What if she took something he said the wrong way?
This fear is definitely founded. We have a situation with Tyson where (in the first two accusations) both parties agree on what happen, but they took it very different ways. No one would be surprised to find that, in the future, Tyson only inviting invite male co-workers to his office for wine and cheese.
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