Males under siege

From Jeff Zaslow’s column on the Wall Street Journal Online

These days, if Rian Romoli accidentally bumps into a child, he quickly raises his hands above his shoulders. “I don’t want to give even the slightest indication that any inadvertent touching occurred,” says Mr. Romoli, an economist in La Cañada Flintridge, Calif.

Ted Wallis, a doctor in Austin, Texas, recently came upon a lost child in tears in a mall. His first instinct was to help, but he feared people might consider him a predator. He walked away. “Being male,” he explains, “I am guilty until proven innocent.”

In San Diego, retiree Ralph Castro says he won’t allow himself to be alone with a child — even in an elevator.

Sounds like a bunch of paranoid over reacters, at least until you read further on …

The result of all this hyper-carefulness, however, is that men often feel like untouchables. In Cochranville, Pa., Ray Simpson, a bus driver, says that he used to have 30 kids stop at his house on Halloween. But after his divorce, with people knowing he was a man living alone, he had zero visitors. “I felt like crying at the end of the evening,” he says.

At Houston Intercontinental Airport, businessman Mitch Reifel was having a meal with his 5-year-old daughter when a policeman showed up to question him. A passerby had reported his interactions with the child seemed “suspicious.”

In Skokie, Ill., Steve Frederick says the director of his son’s day-care center called him in to reprimand him for “inappropriately touching the children.” “I was shocked,” he says. “Whatever did she mean?” She was referring to him reading stories with his son and other kids on his lap. A parent had panicked when her child mentioned sitting on a man’s lap.

As disturbing as this article is, none of these stories are really all that surprising. A society scared witless by a profit-driven media and exploitive shows like Dateline : Predator, combined with a withering, decades long assault on all things male by the inaccurately labeled ‘feminist movement’, including it’s assault on ‘boys being boys’, have combined to create a climate of fear for both men and children that will only do major harm to both groups.

In the end, though, the masses are as much to blame as anyone, for buying the crap the media and, yes, the feminists, have fed them, usually without a second thought.

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