If you didn’t already know that sexual harassment was inappropriate, then let Harvey Weinstein’s fall from grace be a lesson to you. The film studio executive has unintentionally lifted the lid on a major problem that affects people in all industries, not just in Hollywood.
There will certainly be many high-powered bosses around the globe that will be sitting a little uncomfortably as more claims against the Pulp Fiction producer flood in. So to help those that are feeling the heat of the scandal, Medium writer Anne Clark devised a handy “hack for men who don’t want to be accused of sexual harassment.”
The hack, which Clark calls “The Rock Test”, encourages those who feel tempted to behave inappropriately to view their victim as Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in order to deter any disagreeable actions. Would you grope The Rock at the water cooler? No. So, why would you do it to the young intern?
The peculiar approach has gone viral online, with the original post having been shared 35,000 times in the wake of the Weinstein scandal and the recent allegations of sexual assault against Uber drivers. Clark is aware that her plan is highly unconventional and explains this:
“I know, this sounds weird, but trust me, this is a visualization exercise that will work wonders in your dealings with the women in your workplace. When a woman approaches you, just replace her in your mind with The Rock. Then, behave accordingly.”
If that wasn’t simple enough to understand, Clark elaborates with some helpful examples of how to implement the hack into your daily routine…
“Amanda is your business colleague who has a few questions about the big project your department just took on. She’s asked you for a one on one meeting to go over some specifics … What if she’s open to talking about her (presumably) adventurous sex life, and yours?! … How on Earth can you hope to keep this meeting, that has nothing at all to do with any of that, focused for a whole 45 minutes?”
Then, Clark inserts an image of The Rock which she captions:
“It looks like Amanda has been working really hard, but just needs some help with a small snag she’s hit. Luckily she knows enough to ask for assistance when she needs it, what a professional! You’re lucky to have Amanda in your corner.”
The humorous piece gained a lot of attention online. Many missed the satirical style of the article, but one person who saw it for exactly what it was, was The Rock himself. Clearly approving of the hack, he shared it with his 12 million Twitter followers to spread the message far and wide.
Comments flooded onto the article which appeared to firmly divide opinion. “This is the greatest thing I’ve ever read,” wrote one commenter. “I think you have saved me from making some serious blunders today at work,” wrote another.
Meanwhile furious users rampaged in the comments section to voice their anger. “This article is a stupid ultra-feministic crap,” wrote one, whilst another aggressively typed: “It’s super unfortunate that the only way some people can learn to treat women with respect is by imagining that women are men.”
Other commenters were quick to point out that the hack was distasteful given the fact that Terry Crews announced today that he had been the victim of sexual harassment. Crews, an actor of similar proportions to The Rock, took to Twitter to detail an incident which occurred last year, when a Hollywood executive groped his crotch.
The topic of sexual harassment is a controversial one, for it is often seen as a predominantly male problem, which isn’t always the case. No doubt there will be plenty more scandals to hit the headlines in the wake of the Weinstein allegations and it appears this time that the discussion surrounding sexual assault and harassment may be set to change.
This week, Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cara Delevingne joined the conversation regarding Weinstein, all A-list actresses releasing statements to say that the film executive had indulged in inappropriate conduct inf ront of them when they were young, aspiring actresses…
We can only hope a day will come where both men and women can go about their daily routines without the fear of some creep touching them up. And if you have been the victim of sexual assault, please recognize just how important it is to speak out against these abusers.