Thursday, 2 July 2015

Busted: the politics of cleavage and a glance

Busted: the politics of cleavage and a glance

The internet is bristling with men writing about what they regard as
women's sexual arrogance. Provocative female attire is an assault
against men, writes Giovanni Dannato for In Mala Fide, an
online magazine of heretical ideas. He argues women exposing themselves
without intending to reciprocate the attention they attract is impolite
and inconsiderate - which, he bizarrely suggests, is rather like
schoolchildren who bring something tasty to class that they are not
prepared to share. It amounts to ''an act of aggression in which they
use the power of their sex as a weapon'', he writes.

Dannato may
be on to something when he proposes that some of the catcalling these
women attract is a ''defence mechanism used by low-status men against
women flaunting themselves publicly''. There certainly are a bunch of
men writing about the plight of the beta males - unattractive,
low-status guys who don't get to first base with women.

F. Roger Devlin, a political philosopher who writes challenging material on gender issues for The Occidental Quarterly,
points out these beta males have long been tearing their hair out
trying to discover what on earth they have to do to make themselves
acceptable to the girl next door. They get the message that what women
instinctively want is ''for 99 per cent of the men they run into to
leave them alone, buzz off, drop dead, while the one to whom they feel
attracted makes all their dreams come true''.

Of course, there is
no excuse for gross behaviour when beta males are told to buzz off, told
that the titillation isn't meant for them - plenty of men do manage to
control themselves in these circumstances.