Part of being a “sociopath” (remind me to hyperlink that to yet another article), at least as opined by “big brain” types who foist the tag onto me, is that you can pretty much do whatever you want, justify it anyway you like, and force a recipient to just accept your will. Unfortunately for most men in Britain, they like that practice and key confident traits, resulting in ridiculous stories like these. Because instead of impromptu emoting, rolling their eyes, shaking their heads, jotting an eyebrow or giving a head tilt to indicate derision or disgust, they’re stuck with a deer-in-the-headlights look, resulting it to be interpreted as… aggressive staring.
Any person with two braincells left to rub together (and if you haven’t been wearing your mask the chances are good, since they’re getting oxygenated) knows what sort of attention-seeking Chicken Little would run to social media to make a thing of the last non-verbal communication we can express in this dystopic hell.
It is my belief that the phenomenon is caused more by curiosity than anything else; “where do I know her from? Oh boy if she’s from the office I better know and give her the nod otherwise I’m going to hear about how I snubbed them. What if they’re not from the office, though? I wouldn’t want to weird out a stranger by giving them the nod. Okay. Focus on the eye. The ear? No the ear will be bent so I couldn’t go off of that. Cheekbones. Hair. Come on. Come on. Who is it, who is it.” …all the while staring, with no ill-intent.
As a matter of fact, the responses I’ve seen to this article pretty much sum it up with a better grasp on our basest human instincts, as stated by OneOfTheBoys at Voat.co:
The women can’t read the men’s faces, so interpret looks in their direction as aggressive (which is a natural survival instinct) and they can’t smile to diffuse the situation so who knows what the men think of them.
Wearing masks is dehumanizing and makes civil/communal interactions impossible, especially bad between different sexes and races.OneOfTheBoys, Voat.co
Some people will always find something to complain about, but like everything else in this Plandemic, this is very likely a hell of the women’s own choosing. If only the response was to rip the masks off instead of cowardly clinging to it like Linus and his blanket.
Archive Link, Daily Mail: https://archive.vn/bfFEJ
Are masks giving men a licence to leer? Women report a rise in ‘aggressive eye contact’ since face coverings became commonplace as an expert warns they ‘provide anonymity’ for threatening behaviour
Women across the country are reporting a rise in ‘aggressive eye contact’ since the introduction of face coverings in some public places.
New laws introduced over the weekend force customers to wear face masks in all shops, stations, banks and post offices, while it is also mandatory to wear coverings on public transport.
But many women have been sharing stories online of ‘aggressive eye contact’ and ‘hard staring’ from men wearing masks, with one tweeting: ‘Grown men staring at you with a mask on is worse than when they don’t have a mask.’
UN Women UK Executive Director Claire Barnett told FEMAIL: ‘As we work to “build back better” following lockdown, we need to prevent the lack of witnesses of antisocial behaviour due to less populated public spaces, as well as the anonymity face coverings can provide, leading to further rises in harassment and threatening actions towards women, girls and minoritised groups.
‘This will require widespread changes in attitudes and behaviour – creating an understanding that behaviour like unwanted and persistent staring is intimidating, and that we all have a role to play in making our public spaces more inclusive.’
Women are complaining about a rise in intimidating behaviour from men wearing masks, with many taking to social media to share their stories.
One person commented: ‘Does anybody else feel like men are way more aggressively demanding eye contact in public since we all started wearing masks?
‘So much hard staring happening. And I can’t diffuse the attention by smiling like women are conditioned to do. It’s weird.’
Another wrote: ‘Seriously, we all are wearing masks and some men still keep staring. WTF is wrong?’
‘Do men realize that masks don’t cover their eyes so we can still ****** See them staring like the creepy pieces of s*** they are?????’ one added.
‘A jaunt downtown revealed men do not understand the anatomy of masks,’ another wrote.
‘The masks do not cover your eyes. I can still see you staring, idiots.’
Claire told FEMAIL that the crisis continues to have a ‘damaging effect on women’s economic opportunities, social experiences and health’ so it remains ‘more important than ever that women can move freely through public space without intimidation.
She explained: ‘As part of our campaign to make the UK’s public spaces safer and more inclusive for women and girls, we’re hearing reports of rising harassment and threatening behaviour in the streets and on transport, in addition to the clearly documented rising domestic abuse within the home.
‘This can be particularly severe for women who also experience another intersecting minority characteristic, like women of colour and differently-abled people.’
Claire went on to say that it was important to be wary that the anonymity face masks provide, as well as the less populated spaces, don’t lead to an increased rate of harassment for women.
Masks have been compulsory on public transport since July 15 after evolving scientific advice suggested they could help stop Covid sufferers without symptoms from spreading the disease.
But over the weekend, new laws were introduced to make face coverings mandatory in shops, supermarkets and enclosed shopping centres as well as train stations, banks, post offices, building societies, bus stations and airports.
Failure to comply could result in a £100 spot fine, although police forces have indicated they will only respond as a ‘last resort’. Scotland Yard said it hopes shoppers who refuse to wear masks will be ‘shamed’ into compliance.
A mask can only be removed in a shop for a small number of reasons, such as allowing staff to check someone’s identity or age or to communicate with a deaf lip reader. Shop staff do not have to wear coverings but it is ‘strongly recommended’ that employers ask them to do so unless they have other precautions such as screens.
The new rules are contentious, with some people finding masks uncomfortable and some libertarians complaining they are being ‘muzzled’ by the state.