When most guys get rejected by a woman, their instinct is to slink away with their tail between their legs. They feel embarrassed, maybe even humiliated, and want to make a quick exit.
But evidently some guys have an entirely different reaction: they pull their tail out and wank it. That behavior may stop short of rape, but it's indecent exposure and a half.
Until recently, I didn't even know this was a thing. I had always heard that flashers were basically just guys who were impotent. Evidently not.
Harvey Weinstein has reportedly done this to at least two women who wanted no part of him.
Comedian Louis C.K. has been accused of having done this to several female comediennes.
And now MSNBC personality Mark Halperin is being accused of the same thing.
All three of these men were in positions of power, and the women they did it to were initially reluctant to complain because they felt it might have harmed their careers.
Prison inmates have long been known to do this to female guards. In a way, it's actually harder to blame them. Those who weren't animals to begin with may become that way after a stint in prison, and the female guards are the only females they have any contact with.
That certainly doesn't excuse it, but it does make it a little easier to understand.
I was originally going to describe this behavior as another red flag for sociopathy, since it combines a complete lack of inhibition with a complete disregard for the women forced to watch. And Weinstein is, as I've pointed out before, an obvious sociopath.
But looking through Louis C.K.'s and Halperin's biographies, there just isn't a whole lot else that spells sociopathy about either man. And both are of an age, and have led public enough lives, that, were they sociopaths, the syndrome would have manifested itself in any number of ways. And it just hasn't.
So I can't call the behavior a red flag for sociopathy. But it's probably a red flag for something; I'm just not sure what the syndrome is.