Monday, January 4, 2010

Why Do Gropers Grope?

Posted By on 01.04.10 at 07:43 PM

This week, the Sexist will embark on a series about groping in public spaces—bars, parking lots, subway cars, national parks, bookstores, and sidewalks. So far, I’ve heard stories of dozens of groping victims—and one woman who admitted to groping a man. But I have yet to find a man who will fess up to groping a woman without her consent.

Perhaps they’re embarrassed about having sexually assaulted another human. Unfortunately, men who contribute to anonymous Internet forums don’t seem to have that problem. Tales from gropers abound on the Internet, where anonymous sex discussions regularly fail to register casual sexual assault as taboo. Online, the public narrative surrounding groping is certainly tipped in the direction of the grabber, while testimonies from their victims are few and far between.

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