Friday, November 17, 2017
Bring Back The Slap
Bring Back The Slap
A cranky opinion for
CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY
The following is the opinion of an insensitive, cranky old man, with practically no social skills. Opposing opinions are welcome and probably make a lot of sense. As always, please, no name calling and that means you, you big stupid- head!
What happened to the slap? I recall as a young man, we watched not only our hands around young women, we watched our mouth and our eyes. Get caught stealing a peek…SLAP! Curse in front of a young lady…SLAP! Inappropriately touch a young lady…DOUBLE SLAP!!
We opened doors for ladies, we respected ladies. Oh, we leered when we could, and we spoke of sexual wants, but not in the presence of ladies. We respected ladies, and if we didn’t…SLAP!
In our 1960's college fraternity, when a brother's date entered the house, everyone was admonished, "Watch your mouth, a lady is in the house."
I know it is not my faulty memory. Watch any old movie from the forties or fifties. If a man gets out of line in these movies, if he steals a kiss, takes a peek or disrespects a lady…SLAP!
Somewhere along the way to women demanding equal rights with men, and with the dropping of many sexual walls, respect for women has changed and for some reason the “Don’t disrespect me” SLAP has been discarded.
I am certain that sexual abuse toward women has always been around, but it seems to be almost casual these days. Politicians, teachers, entertainers, every man in power seems to think it is OK to be sexually aggressive to women, and I’m pretty sure it is not just men in positions of power, they are just the ones who make the news.
In the olden days, much of this aggressive behavior would be returned with a hard SLAP. Men can be pigs, sometimes they need to be told in no uncertain terms where the line is, and words don’t always work. "No" does not always mean "no" to a clueless man. We do understand a SLAP.
Yes, times have changed, and men get mixed signals that they did not use to get. Women want to be treated as equals in all ways. Women compete with men in areas they did not compete before, and this is a good thing.
Women may not act as demurely as in days gone by. Women no longer “get the vapors” women do not use fake tears to get their way, they want to compete on an even footing with men. Perhaps that is why they no longer slap. Do today’s women feel above the need to slap? Do they feel the slap is demeaning? Do they feel that when a man gets out of line simply telling him is enough? It should be, but sadly it sometimes is not.
I do not mean in any way to put the blame for aggressive male behavior on ladies. There is no excuse for men crossing the line. We need to do a better job of teaching our boys how to behave as men, how to respect women.
But ladies, to help deliver the message of respect, bring back the SLAP. Some of us deserve it. Some of us need it, and not just a pity-pat; leave a hand print. Make it hurt!
Men, shape up. You need to stop the aggression, you need to respect women…all women. No means no, and a SLAP means HELL NO!!
Ladies, I apologize for all the pigs of my gender. You shouldn’t be put in uncomfortable positions, you deserve respect, but in the meantime…
BRING BACK THE SLAP!!
The preceding was the opinion of a cranky old man and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky.