I hate the radio. I don’t really have a good reason for doing so, as far as reasons go, but my dislike for the medium has grown over the years. Whether it is something about hearing a person’s voice without seeing their face, or the general one-sidedness of the conversations – it’s hard to tell exactly what really grinds my gears about radio. Occasionally though, when left in the car in a situation which demands me hearing its incessant buzz, I can’t help myself but listen to it.
Today happened to present one of those situations. I was listening to a radio station in Moscow, with its main presenter live on air. He was the one who arguably saved the station from complete lack of listeners and restored ratings. The issue of the moment was the new laws which were going to come into effect in Russia concerning women and sexual harassment. The Russian government has been considering updating its definition of sexual harassment laws in order to limit deviant behavior, and make it easier for women to prosecute their abusers. Basically, the system is being updated to modern standards of decent behavior.
However this infamous presenter seemed to think otherwise. He claimed that in the animal kingdom, the females of a species chose their partners scrupulously, but the males didn’t care as long as they got it on eventually with the females. Not very sound science but here we go. From this flawed conclusion the radio presenter then declared that laws which help women in this way would limit ‘masculine’ behavior. As he put it, men would now have to wait for women to literally drop themselves into their laps because they would be walking on eggshells in fear of the new regulations.
Got it? Don’t worry, I don’t get it either. Let’s take a step back and look at his idiocy. It seems he is affronted by the government’s attempt to prevent his cave man instincts and make him respect women. Respecting women, ew right? Some of you might say, well if it’s an instinct that’s so ingrained in us and other animals seem to engage in this kind of behavior too, then why shouldn’t men of modern Russia be able to? First of all, just because lots of people or animals do something, doesn’t mean it’s right. Secondly, I’m sorry that he will no longer be able to grope women freely to prove his masculinity (is he compensating for something?), but I think women will be happy and feel safer.
It’s a shame that prominent voices of our generation mislead the public so – I don’t think I’ll be listening to the radio for a while now.