Friday 23 February 2018

After President's Club, are all men to be found guilty?

Tarring all men with the same brush because of the misdeeds of some smacks of biblical retribution, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Young women working at the event, who were all selected on the grounds of being “tall, thin and pretty”, were even made to sign five-page non-disclosure agreements without a chance to read them properly, stating that what happened at the Presidents Club would stay at the Presidents Club. Stock picture
Young women working at the event, who were all selected on the grounds of being “tall, thin and pretty”, were even made to sign five-page non-disclosure agreements without a chance to read them properly, stating that what happened at the Presidents Club would stay at the Presidents Club. Stock picture

Eilis O'Hanlon

Collective punishment was once condemned as barbaric. Now, if the fallout from the Presidents Club charity dinner in London is anything to go by, it's regarded as progressive.

At that exclusive black tie event, exposed by an undercover female journalist, an unknown number of male partygoers repeatedly harassed and groped young women who'd been hired for the night as hostesses to serve drinks, including the reporter.

Madison Marriage brilliantly exposed the unsavoury underbelly of London's high society, proving that "the post-Weinstein era" is not as "post" as optimists might wish. Young women working at the event, who were all selected on the grounds of being "tall, thin and pretty", were even made to sign five-page non-disclosure agreements without a chance to read them properly, stating that what happened at the Presidents Club would stay at the Presidents Club. It doesn't take a genius to figure out why.

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