Trauma for women, humor for men?
Or is that sexist?

When I watched this video -- titled "Naked Man Bangs on Memphis Women's Windows While Masturbating" -- it occurred to me that it was a pretty good illustration of why this commenter was right when he said:

There are biological differences that no fashionable philosophy can change.
The reaction of the women (called "victims," which they were) was one of shock and terror. I think men would have a very different reaction to such behavior, and it might very well be because of biological differences.

For those who don't want to bother with the video, I found a cached version of the news story with more:

MEMPHIS, TN - An East Memphis neighborhood is on alert after naked men have been seen masturbating in backyards.

According to police reports, it has happened in the last two weeks at the Barfield Place Condos near I-240 and Walnut Grove Road in East Memphis. Two women who live at the condos say men snuck into their backyards and touched themselves while looking through their windows.

One of victims, who did not want to be identified, said, "It was horrific. He pretty well terrorized me. I've had trouble sleeping since then." She went on to say that she is afraid that the man who peeped through her window will be looking through someone else's soon.

While I can't speak for any men other than myself, if I looked out the window and saw a man (or a woman, to be fair) masturbating, I would probably be unable to avoid bursting into laughter. I'd probably make a sexually insulting remark, and I don't know whether I'd bother even calling the cops. Hell, if the guy was too slow about leaving, I'd probably grab a camera and turn him into blog fodder. Seriously, I'm always in need of humor, and doing that would be a lot of fun (even if I had to photoshop a black rectangle where his penis ought to be), so I'd probably try to yell "THANK YOU!" if he gave me time for a picture before scurrying away.

What would be even better would be to get threatened with a lawsuit by the S.O.B. for invading his privacy!

Anyway, in general women just don't process things like that the same way, and I don't claim to understand why.

Suffice it to say that there are biological differences.

posted by Eric on 07.17.09 at 12:22 PM


I like your suggested response, but I'm pretty sure I couldn't do it. Yes, I'd be frightened.

Though I might point something other than a camera at him.

Donna B.   ·  July 17, 2009 12:45 PM

Have you ever worked in the restaurant biz?

I've known plenty of waitresses and women bartenders who would have been more than happy to ridicule said prevert. (as an aside, any sexual harassment suit in any restaurant should be laughed out of court).

In a Dunkin' Donuts (sorta a restaurant I guess), the midnight shift girl at the drive-through dropped the soda the guy ordered into his nekkid lap. You know, the soda cup half full of ice and the rest full of cold, sticky soda. That was funny. He didn't even have to pay for it.

The problem is that a lot of people just don't have a sense of humor, if you have enough of one to work in the restaurant biz, a guy beating off isn't going to faze you.

Veeshir   ·  July 17, 2009 1:18 PM

You're so right, Veeshir. I worked as an evening/night manager at Denny's for years when I was much younger.

The huge difference is that the waitresses and bartenders aren't alone and it isn't their personal abode being violated.

Donna B.   ·  July 17, 2009 5:56 PM

I'm a criminal investigator. Peeping toms often escalate to rape.

b. pittman   ·  July 18, 2009 12:49 AM

Call the cops. You wouldn't want kids to see such stupidity now, would you?

Elroy Jetson   ·  July 18, 2009 1:59 AM

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