The article, “The #MeToo Moment: I’m a Straight Man. Now What?” from the New York Times is written by reporter Daniel Vector. The New York Times states that Vector’s work usually is centered around breaking news and culture.
For some background information, the #MeToo movement started in October 2017 to gain attention through social media platforms to gain attention to things such as sexual misconduct and assault, with an emphasis in the workplace.
The bias that is prominent in this article is one that is gender centered. We can clearly notice this right off the bat, because the start of the article states, “There is a sense that women want us to be talking about it: ‘Guys, go figure it out’”. Since the article is written from by a male himself discussing the male perspective on this social media movement, this is automatically a bias created.
This movement can be seen as more of a social based issue, however, it enters the field of politics through the attention it has gained across social media platforms, creating political discussion. With this being said, we can use claims based on inference to understand the bias of the author of the article. While the article progresses, it becomes clear that men in the workforce are feeling as if they are pegged to be perpetrators of sexual misconduct and assault. It states in the article that when a male made an inappropriate statement to his female co-worker, he “He didn’t mean it sexually”.
The author’s male bias is strengthened through learning that he was a participant himself with the other males in the workplace that were undergoing an organized sex ed lesson required by their employer. We see examples of this bias occurring often in the media, and the article does a good job of bringing this to light when it states that, “men said they saw a lot of themselves in Aziz Ansari, the actor who recently was accused in an online article of ignoring the verbal and nonverbal cues of a former date”.
Examples like this that occur in the article reiterate the fact that this male bias of being pegged as the ones who commit these instances of sexual assault, misconduct, and rape in the work field exists.
This article ends with a quote that the author got from the woman conducting the sex ed lesson he sat in by stating, “Ultimately, I believe it’s going to be men helping men in order to be better humans, better allies, and better advocates,” she said.” Since the author decided to end the article with this quote, he was choosing to feed into this stereotype that women really only see themselves as victims of this kind of violence.
Lastly, another real-world example of this occurring in the political world is Trump’s continuous slanders of women that have been caught on tape. This also is comparable to the bias that was created throughout the article, as Trump’s reactions to the claims against him left us to believe that he was being framed as the “bad guy.”