Monday 24 July 2017

Adrian Kennedy: Is wolf-whistling really sexual harassment or is it just another Snowflake Generation complaint?

Adrian Kennedy (inset) asks: Is wolf-whistling really sexual harassment or is it just another Snowflake Generation complaint?
Adrian Kennedy (inset) asks: Is wolf-whistling really sexual harassment or is it just another Snowflake Generation complaint?

Adrian Kennedy

We live in a world that’s far more politically correct than it was 10 years ago. However, does political correctness sometimes go a step too far?

Is it getting to the stage where people are afraid to say something in case they offend?

A story that has grabbed my attention over the past two weeks is Social Democrat councillor Gary Gannon calling for zero tolerance towards sexual harassment on the streets of Dublin.

Don’t get me wrong – I agree that this sort of harassment should not be tolerated. However, that’s not what I’m talking about.

I’m not talking about crude words or making suggestive or derogatory comments to women.

Instead, I’m referring to wolf-whistling and cat-calling.

Do people really see this as sexual harassment or is it simply the so-called Snowflake Generation looking for something to complain about?

Years ago, nobody thought twice about it, but it seems today that people look at it in a completely different light.

It’s becoming socially unacceptable and even an act of disrespect.

I know some women still look on it as a compliment and enjoy it, but it seems that many view it as degrading and demeaning.

I was speaking only recently to a woman who reported a gang of builders to their boss for whistling at her as she walked past.

She was furious. She told me she also called the guards, but they didn’t seem to take it too seriously.

I don’t know about you, but I reckon this is a waste of garda time. Is it really the way things are in the world today?

I guess what I’m trying to figure out is whether or not women should be upset over this or if it simply should be taken as a compliment.

Isn’t that how it was meant – as a compliment?

I wouldn’t mind getting a wolf-whistle from a lady now and again, but I can’t remember it ever happening.

Maybe this is why I don’t understand where the sudden feeling of indignity is coming from.

I do wonder, though, why this wasn’t an issue a few years ago but seems to be such a villainous act now?

Herald

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