By Séamus Smyth

Two decades ago, a boy could throw rocks at the outside of a girl’s window to wake her from her sleep. It was a way of evoking her attention, and sometimes a queue for the girl to sneak out her bedroom window and join the posturing Romeo.

If that same scenario were to occur today, the following would transpire: 911 would be called, the police would be on the scene in a matter of minutes and that brave boy would be labeled a stalker, a psycho and most definitely, a “creep.”

“Creep” is a necessary term because there are plenty of specimens that fit the mold. Those who pry, spy, act and speak without transparency and behave with assiduous tendencies are well deserving of the “creep” moniker.

Yet the term has evolved past its once narrow boundaries and no longer just includes the man starring at you from 30 feet across the park as you toss a Frisbee with your girlfriends.

It’s routinely used by women to describe virtually any male that makes a pass at them that they choose not to reciprocate.

For a man to compliment a woman with obvious implications, it is no longer viewed as charming but is instead declared a warning sign that this man may have intentions that extend beyond friendship. For a man to wink at a woman from across the class no longer causes women to blush, but instead causes her to reply with a snarly glare.

Women consistently complain about the lack of chivalry in today’s world, but it is not men that have killed it, but it is women who are the culprits because they refuse to believe that not all strange men are perverted scoundrels.

Online dating increases in popularity every year because women wish to meet someone in a controlled environment and because they claim it is difficult to meet someone in what can only be described as real life.

So rather than be spontaneous and approach a potential mate and put one’s ego on the line, females would prefer to visit an online dating site that is essentially a human shopping network. The steps for online dating appear to be as follow: Present the best possible image of yourself, (similar to how Canadian Tire would choose a flattering picture of a brand-new set of cutlery,) list all of your best qualities and interests, (similar to how Home Depot would name all of the benefits of owning a new power drill) and then find someone that is pleasant to only the eyes.

It is wonderful that the person one can view from their desktop appears handsome or beautiful, but that is the intention. This person is supposed to appear attractive to the eyes, yet one can’t hear the person, touch the person, smell the person, or even taste the person. One can’t detect true wit or comedic delivery, nor can they determine if someone is savvy enough to participate in a half-intelligent conversation.

Online dating is a massive safety net for the dating skiers and snowboarders who are afraid of what the mountains of uncertainty could hold for them. It is also a net where “creeps” or perhaps a regular gentleman can still penetrate, but only via inbox and not in any sort of everyday scenario where man and woman met 20 years ago.

The male shopping market is stocked with creeps. But when did women become such lazy shoppers? Rather than flip through the racks and dig for good deals, they have decided that the market’s selection is dangerous and intrusive.

In today’s world, any male they wish to encounter can be done so by online shopping thereby denying “creeps” of any unwarranted attention, and unfortunately denying all men of any chance what’s so ever.