Men avoiding interaction with children out of fear of being seen as predators

This article from the Wall Street Journal is full of anecdotes of men who either suspect they were viewed as perverts or were outright accused of behaving inappropriately when they interacted with children -- including one guy who was approached when he took his own daughter to a restaurant. I wonder how much of this comes from women who've not healed from past experienced and learned to have trusting interactions with men, then have passed their attitudes onto their children and others. Regardless, it's sad.

EDIT: Oh, I see it got Farked too. The comments thread gives a lot of good insight. There are a parents talking about how all of the males in their schools and community programs have quit out of fear, and males talking about how they've quit jobs with children for this reason. Which of course leads to more and more children who don't have many experiences with safe interactions with males, and parents and children who start to get the impression that not very many legitimate males choose positions with access to children.


3 comments:

david mcmahon said...

G'day again,

Sorry if this is off-post. I only just saw your comment policy. My apologies for not properly introducing myself yesterday.

I am a career journalist, bestselling novelist and photographer. I also promote the work of other bloggers.

Cheers

David

eeka said...

Hi David! Thanks for your intro. Welcome! I wasn't worried about you being a troll, since you posted under your Blogger account. Oh, and you mentioned you'd found me from Suldog.

The policy is pretty much just to keep away the people who previously posted anonymous comments in which they'd make insulting statements toward entire causes/organizations/demographics, then would complain (anonymously, of course) in other forums that I delete any comments I disagree with, which of course is not the case. So I figured I'd explain my expectations for what constitutes civil discourse. It seems to work quite well.

You sounds really interesting, and your blog is intriguing. I'm googling you right now. Bwahaha!

Jodie said...

There was a question on this issue in Dear Prudence this week. Just thought I'd share: http://www.slate.com/id/2173651/fr/rss/