So, there has been quite a lot of talk in the news these days about a certain radio host on CBC as well as a “pick-up artist” who helps teach men how to pick up women, and I would like to think that you have heard at least a few conversations regarding what’s happened/happening with these two individuals, and thought about why this is something that is making headlines, and – even more importantly - why you should be thinking about it.
So, to bring you in the loop if you’ve missed some of this, I’m referring to the current news of ex-CBC radio host, Jian Ghomeshi, and “dating guru”, Julien Blanc.
The Ghomeshi situation has highlighted the fact that there is still a very strong stigma about going to the authorities for help if you’re ever assaulted (sexual, or otherwise) and the Blanc situation seems to be showing evidence that suggests that the progress we as a society have made toward gender equality seems to be not as much as we had thought.
Basically, regardless of peoples’ sexual orientation/preferences, respect should be at the forefront of any and all interactions, especially when we’re talking about ‘romantic’ encounters.
I mean, yes – everyone has their own way of interacting, but there are some things that should be very clearly crossing the line and the WRONG way to go. I think the saddest thing with Blanc is how many followers are so keen to attend one of his ‘training sessions’ – and those things aren’t cheap, either! Honestly, it just seems mind-boggling.
So, to add my *free* two cents of wisdom: if you like someone, don’t be a jerk…the whole pulling pig-tails thing that is so gr. 2, really should stay in gr. 2. I mean, even Higa figured it out!!