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Reader’s comment: I must be a wimp

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In response to Laura Perrins: Call off the war on men, Royinsouthwest wrote:

I am beginning to worry that according to Professor Yancy’s description of typical male behaviour I must be a real wimp.

I know about what so many of us men think about women — the language we use, the sense of power that we garner through our sexual exploits, our catcalling and threatening, our sexually objectifying gazes, our dehumanizing and despicable sexual gestures and our pornographic imaginations.

I have never liked crude and vulgar language and have never felt a sense of power over women, nor have I ever indulged in catcalling and threatening or made despicable sexual gestures. The only charge I plead guilty to is that sometimes I look at an attractive woman for a bit longer than I should, especially if she is not aware that I am looking at her. But it is strange how some women seem to have a sixth sense about when they are being observed and are able to embarrass the man by turning and looking straight at him! Therefore I am not even very successful at using a ‘sexually objectifying gaze’.

Does being a social justice warrior make a man free to indulge in all the actions described by Professor Yancy?

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