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Is Lust (or Fear of It) a Big Problem in Big Law?


Even in the face of harassment, rumors and other inconveniences, female lawyers are forging ahead.

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  • Bruce Zirinsky

    Avoidance of one on one interaction with professional colleagues of the opposite (or same) sex is the antithesis of a diverse work environment and will recreate the barriers to career growth that professional men and women have been trying so hard for decades to remove.

  • Jim Grandone

    I do not see why Puritannical values should be adhered to in 2017. If it is judgement that they wish to offer, perhaps they should limit it to your legal abilities rather than your gender. It also annoys me that people pass judgement on two professionals having a meal together, as if they have no self control or morals. These same 50 percent probably fall into the same group of 50 percent divorced in this country. They want to moralize about the dangers of men and women socializing while expecting no such judgement to be passed on them. Hypocrites!

  • Kevin C Gleason

    Dear Ms. Chen: Problems with men and women (and now men/men, women/women) going beyond the professional relationships have been the norm since the Garden of Eden. I don‘t understand why this is such a surprise to you. You propose no limits on the interactions between men and women whose only connection is their business relationship. Would you indulge in a sauna or hot tub experience with a colleague or business source of the opposite sex? I doubt it. So we can agree that there are limits. We just disagree on what the limits are. Your article is unfairly judgmental, particularly regarding Pence, whose primary concern is the health of his marriage, not the opinions of others regarding how to protect the sanctity of marriage. I know plenty of men who wish they had established the "rules" which Pence follows. Would Bill Cosby have been tried for crimes if he had followed the "Pence Rules"? Failure to establish limits has recently caused problems at Uber. Have you ever heard of Roger Ailes?

  • tusu

    What people say in a survey and what they do are often very different things. For example, consider surveys asking how often people go to church, and compare those with church attendance statistics kept by the churches.

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