"I have been at conferences where people have said to me 'I can't be seen with you.'* ...Often these are people who are not in and kind of tenuous position. It's people who socially don't want to be seen with me (because of online comments that should be evaluated from the purely academic/intellectual worlds). It might be a young male professor who is trying to hook up with woke female grad students or something like that."
"Yeah, I'm not going to...(stumble, stumble) address that. You just gendered what the problem is. I think you put [the hammer on the nailhead] of what's going on"
I can't tell you it is what is going on, I'm not there. I am telling you that a lot of smart people who are on the scene say that this is what is going on.
*In light of the recent conversation on romantic behavior among the young, I will point out that this used to be said exclusively between people who were worried about sexual rumors. Culture changes.