So many of you already heard about the situation at Ball State University involving a young man on a bicycle riding around and assaulting the buttocks of many a student. And, of course, there's already a nickname for this alleged male: The Ball State Ass Slapper.
Now I would be an inconsiderate prick if I sat here and blogged about the humor of the situation. However, here's my real take: I'm indifferent towards the situation. See, while on a very juvenile level part of Chris chuckles, another part is very saddened.
Outside of the whole assault factor, I am little disappointed by the whole situation because it demonstrates exactly how much we like to turn human beings into objects. I'm not going to rant about men seeing women as lays and lays only, but I will dabble in another argument that is similiar.
It's the idea that we treat individuals as a means to an end that bothers me the most. See, whether the perpetrator on BSU campus set out to cop-a-feel or just create a humorous stir around campus (and now globally thanks to those assholes on Facebook) doesn't really matter. The ass slapper is treating other individuals as a means to an end, joke or instant gratification.
With that said, I will admit I understand why so many people find the ass-slapping situation so funny. I mean, it's made The Daily Show with John Stewart website.
My stance? Indifference. I get the LOL-factor, but I also feel that these acts are wrong. Although I do not intend to exploit the current issue of the serial ass slapper, I do want to encourage people to put an end to the whole torment of the situation by joining the Facebook group "Indifferent Towards the Ball State Ass Slapper". It is a group that will not ridicule you for criticizing the situation or laughing at it.
Fear, focus, and the future. C.M. Humphries talks about writing, horror, and whatever.