Can it be considered illegal to stare at someone ?
Under the Criminal Code of Canada , leering, or ogling, can be considered an offense.
This type of purposely staring at someone is considered a form of harassment.
Anyone who has been leered at knows how upsetting this behaviour can be.
When I was working on my Doctorate in Sociology, I lived in Toronto, Canada’s largest city.
I needed to travel on the subway, which was always packed, and which made me feel trapped and vulnerable. Also, there were sometimes men who leered at me.
It is difficult to prove a case of purposeful leering, as it is a situation of : ‘He said, she said.’
Oops ! I should have written ‘ They said, they said’ . We must be politically correct these days !
I just wish that I would have had a phone with a camera in those days, to photograph the leerers.
I’ve been thinking of these leering incidents lately, because of the recent tragic events in Afghanistan.
Like you, I’m praying for everyone there, especially the girls and women.
Yes, there’s a difference in gravity between being leered at, and being told what to wear, but these are part of a spectrum of harassment.
As a Sociologist, my work, along with the lobbying of many others, helped bring Affirmative Action Programmes to Ontario.
Jesus is a feminist. Both his first disciple, (Mary), and the person to whom He appeared first after his resurrection, (Mary Magdalene) were women.
Let us be careful how we look at others, for they can tell much from our expressions and demeanour.
‘There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male or female, for you are all one in Jesus Christ’. Galatians 3:28
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