One commentator in the article argues that the separation of males and females contributes to sexual violence, as women are viewed only as sexual objects.
I am not sure about this as in western societies, where there is no such delineation, women are also viewed as sexual objects and sexual violence still occurs.
Also it is unclear to me if the separation of men and women (for example in the trains) is a reaction to the violence or the cause.
Even if I try and rationalise the behaviour, after all there is a dire lack of sanitation facilities in India hence the need for public urination, looking through my western eyes I found my attraction to men waning.
These behaviours appear to be generally accepted in Indian culture, no one bats an eyelid going about their day.
My simplistic explanation on why this behaviour is tolerated comes down to the arranged marriage.
The men I have observed undertaking this behaviour tend to be of lesser socio-economic means, and in my rudimentary understanding of the intricacies of Indian culture, I believe they are more likely to have an arranged marriage.
In my opinion, if they had to go out and attract a woman entirely on their own (and assuming she had unfettered free will and choice in the matter), they would be less likely to indulge in these behaviours. In years past I have come to India for work, and in my current stay in Delhi I am living with family and am privy to another side of India.
Whilst the professional men that I have met don’t have the more distasteful personal habits, I do still find them very difficult to understand.So which one is true, or are they the two faces of the same person.It continued on for pages and pages, lists of sites denigrating the Indian male and trying to explain reasons for his various “behaviours”. Up popped a range of sites of beautiful women, dating sites, some women’s rights organisations and beauty websites.Reflecting on these experience I felt a bit perplexed, so I typed “Indian Men” into Google.Up popped a couple of sites linking me to “Hot Men” lists, and of course the obligatory dating site where I could find Indian men.As a single, hetereosexual woman, its only natural that I spend some time observing the opposite sex as I go through my travels.