Apparently Mike Pence is being criticized for refusing to meet alone with young women. Seriously? Because I have pretty much the exact same policy. I never meet with young women one-on-one any more. If I am interviewing a young woman for college, we meet in the Starbucks rather than my office. I try to meet with sales people via the web rather than face-to-face, but if a young female sales person does show up at my door and I really must meet with them, we do it downstairs in the lobby and not in my office.
Am I being "dudely"? ( I swear to God this is the world the Atlantic uses). The explanation is simple, and can best be illustrated with this comment highlighted by Glen Reynolds:
1. Greatly expand definition of sexual harassment.
2. Make any accusation of sexual harassment career-ending.
3. Proclaim that women should always be believed when they accuse a man.
4. Complain that men won’t have 1-on-1 meetings with women.
Postscript: To clarify, there is in Mike Pence's policy an element of avoiding temptation. That is not my rational. After nearly 30 years of testing, I find myself to be immune from temptation (at least in deed if not in thought). This policy is pure self-protection.