So nobody is suggesting we revert to real, genuine sexual harassment. In my completely random opinion—which is pure conjecture, mind you—I can think of at least three factors that may be conspiring here.1) Fear Of Seeming Predatory The subtle (or at times blatant) message presented to men in the 21st century is that any display of sexual interest in a woman is considered “sexual harassment”.In other words, it’s not just “don’t touch”, it’s “don’t even LOOK”.
I was, and remain, astonished by what I saw repeat itself over and over again.
I mean, when I was in college and living at the beach during the summer, I’m fairly sure my friends and I didn’t miss ANY of the girls who came within 200 yards of us.
That is, assuming the latter has clothes on and isn’t performing a sexual act, of course.
3) Insulation From Real People In General For years it has been theorized that the advent of the Walkman back in the early ‘80s heralded the beginning of the end for common, face-to-face social interaction. Nowadays people are rapidly feeling less compelled to actually interact with people in person.
Given the sheer abundance of videos and images of whatever kind of woman you’d like buck naked and having sex online—and the on-demand availability of it, for free—have we as guys really just become immune to anything less?
Perhaps the more interesting question is this: Have we actually gotten to the point where an image on our computer screen is a more potent stimulus than a real, live woman?Historically speaking, noticing women hasn’t only been a treasured pastime for men everywhere, it’s been a way of life. Sure, the stereotypical idea of construction workers wolf whistling at women seems preposterously rude in today’s world (although I’m sure it still happens…somewhere).We’ve all watched the early seasons of Mad Men and been appalled. How are we to ever continue the cycle of procreation to perpetuate the human race?Out of the blue, she posed one of the most poignant questions I’d been asked in quite some time: My knee-jerk response, had I not stopped to ponder the issue, may have been something to the effect of, “Well, of course. All places where there’s no shortage of attractive women wandering the sidewalks in sundresses or catching rays on the beach in bikinis. But these guys were apparently oblivious that there were sexy women within the scope of their radar.Men have been making it a point to stop and admire women they happen to see when they’re out and about since the dawn of recorded time. At each stop I made it a point to stop and observe what happened whenever men and women were in close proximity to each other. They weren’t even bothering to look at them…at all.And indeed, as people tuned in to their headphones they tuned out all else around them, including other humans. We type at each other on Facebook and Twitter, look at the pictures and watch the videos. Let me be the first to raise my hand and admit that I most certainly pick up the phone less often and attend fewer social gatherings these days.