Both sides!!

A recent article in the Washington Post discussed the absurdity of trying to, in essence, segregate workplaces by gender. It was actually not that bad of a piece, but it was mired in toxic “both sides are equally bad!!” nonsense:

Recently some men — on the right and on the left — have volunteered a solution to the sexual harassment problem: Stop meeting privately with women.

On the right, Vice President Pence confessed to not meeting with any women where food or drink is served unless his wife, whom he calls “Mama,” is along to chaperon. […] On the left, Politico Labor editor Timothy Noah tweeted his small solution:  “Make holding closed-door meetings with ANYONE a fireable offense.” And, speaking anonymously, a venture capitalist told the New York Times recently that “’people … are avoiding solo meetings with female entrepreneurs, potential recruits and those who ask for an informational or networking meeting.”

On one hand, the Vice President of the United States of America believes some dumb stuff about women and men.

On the other hand…the editor of a section of a website. (And let’s not forget that anonymous venture capitalist – a job description that just screams “left-wing.”)

The “both sides are equally bad” narrative is frequently employed in an attempt to bring legitimacy to an argument by demonstrating how non-partisan one is. However, not every story fits into this narrative! Sometimes facts will lead to a result that endorses a partisan agenda. And that’s okay!


(Not to mention that Timothy Noah’s suggestion, while asinine, is hardly parallel to Pence’s.)