Somehow, this seemed inevitable.

Just-resigned Secret Service Director Julia Pierson allegedly is the victim of male privilege, and was treated differently than a man in a similar position would be treated.

This video clip — just before the resignation — led to charges of sexism:

Those charges increased after the resignation.

At The New Republic, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson Was a Victim of the “Glass Cliff”:

On Wednesday, Julia Pierson, the first woman to ever lead the Secret Service in its nearly 150-year history, resigned her post amid heavy criticism over an intruder who was able to get as far as the East Room of the White House.

Reasonable people can disagree about whether, ultimately, she deserved to lose her job or whether anyone in charge during such an incident would have to resign. But it’s probably not pure chance that Pierson, who held that position for just a year-and-a-half, was a woman. Time and again, women are put in charge only when there’s a mess, and if they can’t engineer a quick cleanup, they’re shoved out the door. The academics Michelle Ryan and Alex Haslam even coined a term for this phenomenon: They call it getting pushed over the glass cliff.

On Twitter, the claim was made that Pierson was just the fall gal for male failure reflecting male privilege:

Pierson didn’t do her job. Her agency concealed key information from the public, including how far the perp penetrated into the White House, as we detailed in The flawed and Secretive Service.

She had to go.

The answer is not to cry sexism over her resignation, but to fire more of the equally incompetent men.


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