Why would anyone mistreat a woman?
Women are people. Each of them have their own unique talents and dreams and are far more than their mere looks on a given day. Even so, I believe it ought to be impossible to mistreat a woman simply on account of her natural beauty. The concepts of beauty and abuse simply do not go together.
What is beauty? Everyone has an instinct to recognize it, though defining what it is is not so simple. There can be a tendency in some to have a reductionist view of feminine beauty from a merely sexualized perspective, as though it does not have value in itself but only in reference to some male sexual drive to find females of their species. But is a woman’s attractiveness merely a result of animal attraction?
In some communities, there is a temptation to take the perspective that the way a woman dresses will “tempt men to lust.” I remember my mother asking me whether a girl she noticed in a halter top at my college had negatively affected my male psyche! In all frankness, I barely noticed her, and it was not that she was not beautiful. For all I cared, she might as well have been a radical nudist, and short of inquiring whether she was drunk and needed assistance, I would not have thought very long about it. It might have had something to do with the fact that I was trying to not be late for class, or that I had a crush on someone else. Ironically, my crush happened to never wear such “revealing” clothing, not that it would have mattered at all. What makes a woman valuable is so much more than how little or how much skin she happens to be showing. It seems to me that an encounter with a human woman affects a human man in a far more holistic fashion than that…
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