The Cut spoke with a sex therapist about why men commit this act of sexual violence

Among the many disturbing allegations resulting from the last few weeks, some of the more sinister stories involved assault in the form of men forcing women to watch them masturbate. Journalist Lauren Sivan says that Weinstein “jerked off into a potted plant” after she rejected his attempt to kiss her, and model Angie Everhart alleges that she woke up from a nap to find him standing over her while masturbating. There have also been rumors for awhile now about Louis C.K. masturbating in front of female comics.

The Cut spoke with Alexandra Katehakis, a sex therapist and clinical director of the Center for Healthy Sex in L.A, about the psychology behind why men expose themselves to women on subways or, in the case of Weinstein, jerk off into a potted plant.

One prominent quote from Katehakis highlighted the anger and “sexualized hostility” that lies behind these acts. “Exhibitionists purposefully look to shock their victims because they are angry,” she told The Cut. “They are not looking to make friends or go on a date — these are acts of revenge against women. These men are imposing the body part that is most threatening to a female and in doing so, they are acting out what is called ‘sexualized hostility’ or ‘eroticized rage’ against their prey.”

Read the full interview here.

 

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