This lecture/essay was first delivered via the medium of twitter, and anger at the messages delivered by this website: http://101wankers.tumblr.com/ , and more general feelings of frustration with how ‘street harassment’ is presented as systematic verbal and physical attacks by men against women.
Ladies, there’s one thing you might want to know about men. When in groups they tend to be much more interested in each other than in you.
Thus, street harassment of women has a lot to do with men’s various versions of proving their masculinity to each other in homosocial groups
So, constantly writing about street harassment as individual men’s verbal and physical attacks on women, really misses the analytical point.
The point of their ‘attacks’ is to do with differentiating themselves from ‘feminine’ or ‘gay’ identities, and being one of the hetero boys.
In my humble, yet a little bit arrogant, but definitely well-researched opinion.
Case study of masculinity reinforcement in homosocial context #1:
(Clip from Your Friends and Neighbours by Neil Labute)
The problem is, women can never be in an all-male environment. Therefore they don’t know exactly what goes on In The Company Of Men.
So therefore we have to listen to men. Even ones who might say things we don’t want to hear. I do. I find men fascinating. As do most men!
(An uncomfortable aspect of men proving their ‘heterosexual’ masculinity in an all-male group, is it can be through ‘homosexual’ activity!)