Fox News host Brit Hume appeared to blame sexual harassment and sexual assault accusers instead of men who commit the acts themselves.
"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," Hume wrote.
Mike Pence’s policy of avoiding being alone with women other than his wife looking better every day, though widely… https://t.co/8ShlgNs7pH— Brit Hume (@Brit Hume) 1510893409.0
Mike Pence refuses to be alone with another woman without his wife present. Pence also is known for calling his wife "mother."
It is frequently pointed out by advocates against sexual assault and sexual harassment that male behavior is excused by actions women take. Women wearing short skirts or revealing clothing, for example, are said to be asking for it when raped. Male behavior is ignored with phrases like "boys will be boys." Similarly, Hume's take that men can't stop themselves from harassment or rape and thus must never be alone with a woman as Vice President Mike Pence does, is another in a long line of rationalizations.
Hume was quickly blasted by followers explaining that men should be required to control themselves around women.
@brithume So if my boss follows this policy, he can take my male colleagues to work lunch and talk to them about ca… https://t.co/Q0Tz4JG1av— AtoZ (@AtoZ) 1510893708.0
@brithume Reexamine that statement Brit - only the case if your premise is that the women are liars, or men have no self-control.— Michael Faherty (@Michael Faherty) 1510893600.0
@brithume That policy goes all the way back to my bible college days, to avoid any appearance of impropriety.— karel jo (@karel jo) 1510893660.0
@brithume The Pence rule is about protecting Pence, not women.— Rich McGowan (@Rich McGowan) 1510893900.0
@brithume A man who can't trust himself to be alone with a woman has no business being in charge of anything.— vonceyb 😷 (@vonceyb 😷) 1510893887.0
@brithume Or, and I know this sounds crazy but hear me out, another policy could be: "Don't sexually assault or sex… https://t.co/uiN8GFnb4i— Quint (@Quint) 1510893876.0
@brithume A policy of not being a creep would be just as successful, but without being weird.— Tall Tyri❄️n Lannister (@Tall Tyri❄️n Lannister) 1510893984.0
@Danmaynard81 @brithume Yeah. Their arrangement makes it seem like Mike Pence is a dog in heat without a leash, an… https://t.co/Ccseh7ZNTU— Ghost of Joad (@Ghost of Joad) 1510894312.0
@brithume By tying his stance to what is going on, you are implying that Pence has to be this way so HE won’t grope the women himself.— Nuancically Tweeting (@Nuancically Tweeting) 1510894309.0
@brithume Or...don’t sexually assault or harass women? 🤷🏻♀️Try being a grown-up and exhibit some self-control.— Deirdre B 🏳️🌈🗽 (@Deirdre B 🏳️🌈🗽) 1510894149.0