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Condi Rice: #MeToo could backfire by turning women into ‘snowflakes’

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice weighed in on the #MeToo movement in a recent CNN interview, explaining that she sees possible limitations to a generally positive push for social change.

“Let’s not turn women into snowflakes,” she said. “Let’s not infantilize women.”

She said proponents of the movement, which traces its roots to serious allegations of sexual misconduct last year against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, should “be a little bit careful” about how it is perceived.

“I don’t want it to get to a place where men start to think, ‘Well, maybe it’s just better not ho have women around,'” she said. “I’ve heard a little bit of that. And it worries me.”

Rice did generally applaud the movement to expose harassment and abuse by powerful men, adding that she has “certainly had people say inappropriate things” to her.

“I’ve never had anyone do anything that I would consider assault,” she said. “But I don’t know a woman alive who hasn’t had someone say or do something that was inappropriate at best and aggressive at worst.”

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