But the fact that we were told that it’s all in fun doesn’t make it right.
And while people can cry about snowflakes and sensitivity, it doesn’t change the fact these jokes and pranks are based on humiliation.
Have millennials become so delicate that a compliment is going to offend them? The problem is, however, that the people most worried about this have a very different idea of what “compliments” look like. “Your tits are amazing and I’d love to stick my dick between them” isn’t. The guys following women, talking about their asses, legs or demanding that she smile and talk to them aren’t paying them compliments.
And despite what many will insist, the men who’re saying “hey, you’re beautiful” aren’t doing women any favors either.
People as diverse as British MPs and Hollywood actors have all begun to speak up about how we may be going too far, while Fox News worries that sexual harassment claims may spoil the office Christmas party. So let’s talk a little about how one can flirt in a post Weinstein world.
But while it’s easy to laugh at the men who clutch their ties and worry that an errant “good morning” might kill their career or that sexual harassment awareness might kill people’s ability to flirt and socialize… Is there a real chance that innocent flirting might be mistaken for harassment? they grabbed somebody’s butt, nor did their belt suddenly have a structural failure causing their pants to pool around their ankles at an inopportune moment.
Harassment has behind it – not “ha ha, I’m going to make this person uncomfortable” but the belief that one person is entitled to the time, attention or body of another.
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Much of this gets framed as “guys being guys” and “horsing around”.
After all, the ways that guys play pranks on one another is the stuff of bro-comedy.
The sext to a consenting partner that went to the wrong IM window, the person who read the moment wrong and tried to kiss someone who wasn’t feeling it…