Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, 63, stated during a CNN interview with David Axelrod that the #MeToo movement is a good thing, but people should be wary not to let women turn into ‘snowflakes.’
Rice discussed the movement, which started after Harvey Weinstein was exposed as a sexual predator, during the Saturday evening interview.
‘Let’s not turn women into snowflakes,’ Rice said. ‘Let’s not infantilize women.’
Via Daily Mail: Rice said she’s heard people start to express those thoughts, thinks that if people aren’t careful it could ultimately end up backfiring on women.
She said she is worried that men will stop interacting with women in the workplace for fear of being accused of inappropriate behavior.
‘What I really don’t want to happen, I really don’t want to get to a place where men start to think “well, maybe it’s just better not to have women around,”‘ she discussed.
‘It worries me. I think the movement to expose these circumstances is a good thing. Let’s clear the air about it. I don think we have to be a little bit careful.’
Rice is a very accomplished woman, being the first African-American as Secretary of State, and was also the first woman to be admitted to the Augusta National Golf Club. Due to her work status and time in politics, she revealed to Axelrod that she faced very uncomfortable situations, however nothing she would define as assault.
‘I’ve certainly had people suggest that maybe we should just go out – and you know – and situations in which it was somebody more senior than I,’ she said.
‘I’ve never faced an explicit quid pro quo. I’ve never had anyone do anything that I would consider assault. But I don’t know a woman alive who hasn’t had somebody say or do something that was inappropriate at best and aggressive at worst.’
The allegations against Weinstein, which were first reported by the New York Times in October 2017, spurred an avalanche of similar accusations against dozens of men in powerful roles in Hollywood, politics and media.
It also spurred the Twitter movement #MeToo, which was started by civil rights activist Tarana Burke, and gave women a platform to share their own experiences with sexual harassment and assault.
Many women have hit back against the #MeToo movement over the past month, including many prominent women saying they have gone too far.
French actress Catherine Deneuve and 99 others wrote a controversial open letter last week that condemned the movement as too puritanical. The letter said the movement is turning into censorship.
‘As women, we do not recognize ourselves in this feminism, which beyond denouncing the abuse of power takes on a hatred of men and of sexuality,’ the letter stated.