'The Rock Test' Is A Sage Life Hack For Men Worried About Objectifying Or Harassing Women

Writer Anne Victoria Clark's suggestion is foolproof.

With instances of workplace sexual assault and harassment being discussed and addressed more frequently across a wide variety of industries, New York-based writer Anne Victoria Clark has created a foolproof life hack that will safeguard men from any accusations of inappropriate sexual behavior. Or, as Clark sees it, this approach will "have you treating women like people in no time."

Her satirical yet sage advice? "Treat all women like you would treat Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson."


"I know, this sounds weird, but trust me, this is a visualization exercise that will work wonders in your dealings with the women in your workplace," Clark writes in the humorous albeit thought-provoking Medium post. "When a woman approaches you, just replace her in your mind with The Rock. Then, behave accordingly."

Through a series of tongue-in-cheek examples, Clark details how effective her life-hack can be. If you're a man who is asked to take a private meeting with a female co-worker named Amanda, for example, Clark advises closing your eyes and thinking of Amanda as The Rock. That simple trick, she argues, will change how you view Amanda and the situation as a whole.

"It looks like Amanda has been working really hard, but just needs some help with a small snag she's hit. Luckily she knows enough to ask for assistance when she needs it, what a professional! You're lucky to have Amanda in your corner," Clark writes of Amanda-turned-The Rock. "Unfortunately, it definitely looks like she has no time at all to hear about your latex thing, no matter how much those gloves turn you on."

The Rock even endorses the test.

What Clark's theory gets at is the fundamental notion that women aren't objects whose sole purpose is to enhance a man's life in some way. Instead, they are people with rights, feelings, and goals and they should be treated and respected as such both in and out of the workplace. Just as you would men, and just as you would The Rock. (Follow Clark on Twitter for more hilarious insight.)

As more and more people are continuing to speak out about sexual harassment in the workplace, professionals are increasingly recommending how to best handle the problem. An article in the Harvard Business Review said one way to help combat sexual harassment at work is to teach men how to be good allies to women experiencing it. To do this, companies can and should train employees in bystander training "so people are clear about what to do if they directly observe or are informed about sexual harassment."

The women behind Better Brave — a startup dedicated to fighting sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace by providing resources, tools, and employment lawyers to targets — also recommend knowing your rights and advocating for a change in company culture. "Instead of solely focusing on growth, companies need to invest in building strong company cultures starting at an earlier stage," Better Brave co-founder Tammy Cho told A Plus in a previous interview. "Investing in company culture means that you're committed to creating an environment where employees feel safe and empowered to thrive."

This story has been updated to include Johnson's endorsement.


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