We have posted before about the way that dating or flirtation are often conflated with hunting, pursuits, or chases. This discourse generally casts men in the role of predators and women as the prey (though it can be reversed if the woman is a “cougar” or is somehow ridiculous or threatening). In a similar vein, Andrew B. sent in a link to a a strip from the Wizard of Id comic series that presents hitting on women in a bar as a military operation, complete with men making sure the women can’t “escape”:

Of course, the fact that women might want to “escape” implies that the men’s attention may be unwanted, but the conflation of dating with hunting/battle/pursuit presents women’s apparent disinterest as simply an obstacle to be overcome on the road to the ultimate goal.

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