The vice president will never be seen at a dinner table alone with another woman. And that leaves many with a bad taste in their mouths.
The Washington Post highlighted that, "In 2002, Mike Pence told the Hill that he never eats alone with a woman other than his wife and that he won’t attend events featuring alcohol without her by his side, either."
The Internet had strong, conflicting feelings about Pence's policy. Many expressed that his strict dining rules would limit job opportunities for women to work under the vice president.
It ostensibly protects him from sexual temptation in a lecherous Capitol Hill. Katie Pavlich wrote a piece for Townhall praising Mike Pence's fidelity in a "sleazy DC" where inappropriate liaisons between married men and women are rampant.
"He has enormous respect for his wife and the women he works with, which is why he chooses not to put any of them into a position that could be perceived as compromising," Pavlich wrote.
She then emphatically states, "Because of human nature, many long hours alone with the opposite sex
leads to infidelity. We should accept this reality so we can avoid it."
Journalist Jill Filipovic for Cosmopolitan expressed her disapproval of Pence's personal policy because it keeps women's "career prospects weak."
Filipovic explains that in politics, after work dinners are where informal career advice is given, strategies are discussed, and relationships are built - which are advantages women potentially miss out on if Pence won't personally engage with them because "it's still men who run the show."
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