So when I read that the Nottinghamshire police force is the first in Britain to recognise misogyny as a hate crime and is recording incidents such as wolf whistles and street harassment without consent as examples of hate crimes, I felt sad for the fun to be had in the fading frisson between the sexes.
Apparently Chief Constable Sue Fish, in partnership with a Nottinghamshire women’s centre, has introduced new procedures to lead the way in tackling misogyny in all its forms, and says that her force has been working hard to understand what a hate crime really is.
Soon it will be a fineable offence to wolf whistle, leading me to wonder, what next? Would a habitual wolf whistler end up on the sex offenders’ register for uttering not a word but a noise defined in the dictionary as a rising and falling pitch directed toward someone to express sexual attraction or admiration?
If wolf whistles are deemed wicked, what of a hot look, or an admiring glance, all recorded faithfully on endless Big Brother security cameras to be taken down and used against us.