ABUSE: Youths not the culprits

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A recent altercation has got me thinking about how people feel inclined to talk to others and how this might have generational influences.

You might now be expecting me to say that I experienced cheek by some youth in the street.

However, this was not the case.

It got me thinking about all of the other times I’ve found myself on the wrong end of someone’s sharp tongue; the majority of instances by older, retirement-age men, and in most cases the comments have been lascivious in nature.

The recent altercation I allude to, however, was an older gentleman telling me, as I picked up my dogs’ mess, that he would make me eat it if he had his way as the whole area has become a mess.

I would reiterate that I was in the process of picking this up.

And, actually, the area was mostly blighted by glass and crushed eggs and pumpkins at the time.

Now, I’m a robust, 30-something, female teacher, but I have always looked much younger than my years.

I just wonder if the older people in such experiences think it’s acceptable to vent comment at what they consider to be an easy target – a young woman.

When we’re often hearing, including in these pages, how disrespectful the young are, I would ask if the above actions of older men seem respectful to you?

As we’ve seen in the news recently, how we talk and act towards others, specifically older men towards younger women, is coming under the microscope.

I would ask people to take a good look at themselves during this time of reflection.

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