Which is more disturbing or are they equally disturbing?
I've had a report that a circ student was flashed over the weekend. I haven't confirmed it yet, but I've already decided that if it is the full-blown trench coat variety that I'm going to report it to the police.
But I wouldn't bother reporting streakers to the police.
Is that hypocritical?
I've tried to figure out if I'm being lenient on streakers because it is such a classic college prank or if it's something else. Should intent play into this? And tell me if you don't agree, but streaking is done for fun. Laughter or surprise are commonly invoked. Flashing is going for shock. Flashing seems like a nefarious activity and streaking is just a naughty prank.
Also the audiences of the activities are different. Streakers put themselves before a faceless multitude, while flashers choose their victims. VICTIMS. I guess that's the crux of the issue for me. Streaking seems like a victimless crime. Streakers just want to be outside and naked on the move. They don't care who sees them. Flashers, on the other hand, choose specifically who they will expose themselves to.
Here are some definitions I found interesting:
1. to run naked through a public place in order to attract attention or to express strong disapproval of something. From Cambridge Dictionaries
2. is the non-sexual act of taking off one's clothes and running naked through a public place. From Wikipedia
3. to run quickly through a public place with no clothes on, usually as a joke or publicity stunt. From Encarta
1. Someone who shows their sexual organs in public. From Cambridge
2. Wikipedia doesn't have an entry specifically for flashing. It lumps it in with exhibitionism
, which also counts streaking under its banner, though they direct readers to indecent exposure
for acts spurred by aggression or criminal intent.
3. a person, especially a man, who gains pleasure from publicly exposing the genitals. From Encarta
I think I'm being lenient on college streaking
. I can see how streaking could be as bad as flashing, such as at an event where children are present. And there are types of flashing that don't bother me much, such as boob flashing for beads or mooning.
It's the classic trench coat, dark glasses, weirdo guy who makes me mad and want to prosecute. The sick glee in the face of the victim's shock really bothers me.
I know I'm rather blase about streaking because it is so prevalent at my institution. Others could be as shocked by a streaker as a flasher. If you're one of these types, I'd be very interested in your opinion. I think I was once one of these types before coming to Library X. Then I saw some streakers in the "flesh" (heh), and my opinion changed, but I'd never considered the question: Is streaking as bad as flashing?
Is it all a matter of intent? If the flasher or streaker merely does the act to amuse, is it then all right? If the streaker or flasher does it for sexual gratification, does that make it wrong? If either does it to gain a particular reaction from the viewer is it wrong? What if the viewer of the streak is horrified, though the streaker was aiming for mirth? Does that make the streak criminal, no matter intent?
Should the reaction of the viewer be considered?
I think I've asked too many questions.
But here's one more: What do you guys think?