Study Shows A Third Of Men Believe Stalkers Feel Passionately For Their Victims
Obsession is a dangerous state of mind — at least that’s what I’ve been told. A latest study provided from YouGov reveals that a third of men believe that stalkers feel passionately about their victims. As a man myself, I find this not entirely shocking but it is, nevertheless, terrifying. To even fathom that someone could consider a heinous crime and an act of invasion as “passion” is utterly ridiculous. To equate passion and stalking is an indignant remark to victims that have suffered from this unwanted nature.
As seen in the study, it also mentions a certain action that might be viewed as harmless but is actually detrimental to one’s psyche — the continued pursuit of a romantic partner. Whether you call it thirsty or lustful, and your so-called affection is rejected constantly, it is harassment and continuing to do so invalidates someone’s comfort and safety zone. The graph above denotes that while a third of men found the continued pursuit an act of passion, a large majority of women disagreed on considering it passionate.
Even though the study focuses on the pursuit of a “love interest,” there is a different tone underlying some of the participants’ answers. While many would call a woman’s pursuit “desperate,” a man’s would be seen as “creepy.” Why differentiate between the two when both can result in creating a victim? And the least popular result in which both genders found it to be “scary” is slightly worrying. If someone is denied reciprocal love and repeatedly attempts to rectify that, wouldn’t you find it scary? I know I would — and I’ve been on both sides of the spectrum. After denying a boyfriend-turned-ex any communication after a , the results were disastrous until he finally lost interest in a lost cause. And I won’t lie by saying I would never do this — I have and am deeply embarrassed by my actions that caused a deep rift in a friendship.
To call it a display of passion is outrageous. The act of stalking requires a more extended look into the mind of a person that believes their affection should be reciprocated. Even in detail, it requires an evaluation into someone’s mental health and understanding on why they would do such a thing.
Read Peter Moore’s article on the study done at YouGov!