Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Social ScienceGender Studies · 2 weeks ago

If the social norm was for women to initiate physical contact with men, would there be fewer cases of sexual harassment and sexual assault?

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  • Anonymous
    2 weeks ago

    Hmmmm. You mean if men never ever ever approached women and only women did? Yes, I think there would be.

  • liz
    Lv 7
    2 weeks ago

    Well, possibly. Many men say they feel they shouldn’t now approach women after the MeToo hoo-ha so they’re convinced it’s directly correlated with initiating contact. But that assumes women can read body language better than men and I don’t think that’s proven. We won’t find out the truth in any event. This is a gender role that’s never going to change. And perhaps as many men would end up feeling harassed. Who knows.

    • liz
      Lv 7
      2 weeks agoReport

      Yes.  It’s very unlikely that gender roles will ever change but it’s possible.  

  • Anonymous
    2 weeks ago

    No, rapists and men who want to harrass women don't care about social norms.

  • 2 weeks ago

    "If the social norm was for women to initiate physical contact with men, would there be fewer cases of sexual harassment and sexual assault?"

    Maybe not.  Consider this.  Women are currently the passive sex as far as approaching and initiating contact.  Because of this, women are privileged to be able to call almost any unwanted attention from any men they don't desire "sexual  harassment".  So women's discriminatory and picky behavior is at the forefront of the numbers of sexual harassment cases.

    If the roles were reversed, then it might be men that would be privileged to be able to call any unwanted attention from women they don't desire "sexual harassment".  And as is expected in all cases, the one's that need to try the hardest to attract the opposite sex, would be the one's that would most often then be guilty of "sexually harassing" the opposite sex.

    Back in the day, women were taught by their mothers how to gracefully turn down an approach so that the approach & receive dance would be respectful on both sides.  Today however, feminist "women's empowerment" trains women to see "sexual harassment" in almost any normal heterosexual male behavior when it comes from a male they are not interested in.  Maybe men wouldn't be that bad.  In that case, the answer to this question would be yes instead.

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  • 2 weeks ago

    Probably.

    Not none--one, because some people wouldn't adhere to the social norm, and two, because women aren't exactly immune to using positions of power to get sexual attention from those "below" them in whatever way and whatnot--but women tend to have less aggressive sex drives than men (at least in terms of initiating sex with a near total stranger or whatever, it's... potentially complicated), and women are not as physically strong as men on average, so fewer women would feel safe making unwanted physical advances.

    So in this hypothetical alternate world, I'd expect a *lot* more cases of women sexually harassing and/or assaulting men, a lot fewer cases of men sexually harassing and/or assaulting women (rates for male-on-male and female-on-female likely wouldn't change much), with an overall drop in anyone getting harassed or assaulted.

    • ChemFlunky
      Lv 7
      1 week agoReport

      1. Lots of changes that "would make sense" don't get made for lots of reasons.

      2. There's... a lot going on with sexual interactions and power dynamics

      3. Less sex--even less *wanted* sex--would happen, for various reasons.

  • Anonymous
    2 weeks ago

    Rape is funny! HAHAHAHA

  • Anonymous
    2 weeks ago

    that is the social norm you rapist

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