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My colleague Josh Barro floated an idea this week, in response to the news that Harvey Weinstein is being accused of sexually harassing and assaulting women for decades.
In a column, he argued that one way to stifle this kind of behavior is to create "more formal, less ‘fun’ office cultures."
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He's not the only one who has suggested this. More than one writer has used the Weinstein scandal to suggest Hollywood's "casting couch" culture — meetings in hotels or producers' homes — needs a change.
This is missing the point, and falling into a trap that we all should avoid.
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The problem here isn't that social drinking after work, or informal cultures, create the conditions for sexual harassment or even confusion about what's appropriate. The problem is that men think they can take advantage of women and that they will be protected by the institutions - and people - around them.
Rampant sexual harassment isn't unique to the entertainment or technology industries (both places you could argue that are built on informal workplace culture). It's a charge that's leveled at law firms and prominent universities — and the allegations are often just as lurid as those against Weinstein. They're just not being leveled by A-list celebrities so we don't go berserk.
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Formalizing our work environments has nothing to do with the greater issue of sexual harassment. Even when there are formal norms in place — sexual harassment policies, or laws on the books — harassers continue to harass. Women are harassed by...
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