Friday, 8 August 2014

BuzzFeed: What Men Are Really Saying When Catcalling Women


Published on Aug 7, 2014 by BuzzFeedYellow
What Men Are Really Saying When Catcalling Women
“I’m uncomfortable talking to women like actual people.”



Yes, this is funny, but it is also sad because it's true. What happens when a guy has never learned how to act around the other sex? What happens if he doesn't have any social skills? He behaves like an amateurish buffoon. What would you do if nobody taught you what to do? Collectively, we are failing our children, we are failing ourselves. We do not provide adequate sex education. Most times we provide nothing at all. We are all sent out into the world without the necessary skill set for dealing with relationships: professional, social, and even romantic.


Published on Apr 10, 2014 by BuzzFeedVideo
If Girls Hit On Guys Like Guys Hit On Girls
“I’m uncomfortable talking to women like actual people.”



Some serious s**t
In 2014, documentary film maker Jennifer Siebel Newsom is going to release the film "The Mask You Live In" which asks the question "As a society, how are we failing our boys?" She makes the following points.

Compared to a girl the same age, a boy in late adolescence is 7 times more likely to die by his own hand.

Boys under 17 drink more heavily than any other population group.

Boy in the U.S. are 30% more likely than girls to flunk or drop-out of school.

In my posting "Boys Will Be Boys (or However We Make Them)" I provide more information about the film.

To further emphasize the question of "learned behaviour" (or I could argue never learned proper behaviour), note the following.

Boys are less aggressive when raised by a lesbian couple
As reported by the University of Southern California, a study of children raised by gay parents showed differences in their behaviour from those raised by heterosexual parents. For example, boys raised by lesbians appear to be less aggressive and more nurturing than boys raised in heterosexual families. While the aggressiveness of males may be attributed in part to the genes of the species, is aggressiveness also a learned behaviour? A study showing that lesbian parents have less aggressive boys would seem to point out that if Junior's a tough guy, he may have gotten that way from imitating dear old Dad.

Final Word
I was prompted to write because of the BuzzFeed video. It's quite funny, but, as I said, it is also quite sad. Our society is far more patriarchal and puritanical than we would care to admit. Heck, I would put forward that many of us do not even recognise that our culture is patriarchal and puritanical! We behave pretty much by imitating what we see around us. And what we see around us may not be the best example to be following.


References

Wikipedia: BuzzFeed
BuzzFeed is a website that combines a technology platform for detecting viral content with an editorial selection process to provide a snapshot of "the viral web in realtime". Co-founded in 2006 by Jonah Peretti (who is also cofounder of The Huffington Post), BuzzFeed is located in Manhattan, New York in the Flatiron District.

official web site: BuzzFeed

YouTube channel: BuzzFeedBlue

YouTube channel: BuzzFeedYellow

YouTube channel: BuzzFeedVideo

my blog: The Flip Side: What if the guys and gals switched positions? - Dec 16/2012
Altermotion Media Entertainment has produced a series of short videos called "The Flip Side" with the premise of switching the stereotypical roles of men and women. The hilarious results are watching men behaving like women and women behaving like men. Funny? Yes. Do we all do this? At one time or another, guilty as charged.

2014-08-08

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