The counterpart to the worldwide movement named #MeToo, is my version of a movement, which is not countering the #metoo movement, but asking questions about relationships between male and female.
Throughout history, men have been the pursuers, the charmers, the chasers of women. Whole industries have made countless billions over centuries due to this basic fact. So now we have world where men are now on their guard when it comes to physical, and visual contact, and verbal interaction, with the opposite sex.
One of the main ways women have been introduced to men over the years is the ‘raising of the hand, and the kissing of said hand by males. We also have the typically European, (now covering a wider demographic) of the kissing on the cheeks (not those cheeks) by the opposite sex when greeting each other. Where do these two actions figure in this new world of contact and social etiquette? Are we no longer allowed to perform these rituals for fear of being accused of sexual harassment? Or, even worse, will women ( only certain women, before I am accused of tarring every female with the same brush) treat any interaction or signs of attraction, admiration, or compliment, with either an injunction, or a solicitor’s letter notifying the ‘guilty male’ of some kind of obscene behaviour? Will they trot out the same ‘worn out’ phrases, when someone accidentally bumps into them on a crowded subway? “I felt violated” ” My life has changed forever” I now suffer from extreme anxiety” (do these expressions come from the women themselves, or from the lawyers representing them, in order to increase the ante? It makes you wonder).
There is also the recent trend of women now recalling drunken passes made at them by men when they were in high school or in their late teens/early twenties, which they now find so utterly offensive. Reality! Men will be drunk in bars, at parties, barbecues, or wherever the theme is focused on drinking. When young men drink, they usually make a pass at girls they are attracted to (or sometimes not), and in their drunken stupor, make a complete hash of it, maybe by putting their arms around, or trying to steal a kiss from the girl. This is what happens when young people primarily, get together in this kind of environment. So are we going to see over the next 20 plus years accusations from women of this nature, which they are now claiming to be sexual harassment? Please! These are mistakes. Drunken mistakes. Often no physical contact has been made, the only thing hurt is the women’s ego because the guy was inebriated, and she wants a sober guy to chat her up. The political correctness has reached tipping point. In my book, women should be treated as equals, even though large parts of society does not afford them this pleasure, they deserve it. There is no need for them to earn it, as a large percentage of the male populace seem to think. There is nothing to earn. However, nature plays a part in the evolution of the genders.
Males have a very different driving hormonal force, which is dominated by the desire to pursue females, whereas, females have, not the opposite, but desires which move in different directions to men. If we are to stop all forms of interaction unless supervised, or recorded, then the purpose of living, in many cases will have been brought to an abrupt halt.
(P.S. I made up the title, so this is not a reference to any real ‘#whataboutme’)