We need to talk about creep. This is going to be a long series. So let’s start with an introduction of sorts. Creep and its variants (creepy/creeper/ has got all sorts of problems with it – concept creep, the word creep and it’s getting in the way of dealing with actual creeps. Yes, I’m aware that seems a bit odd and I’m sure the word creep no longer looks like a word but we’ll get to that.
Creep is not a neutral word and it means all sorts of things depending on who’s doing/saying it (and it’s not just a dude-bro thing) but there’s a particular sort of Internet Blogging and Internet Commenting that just…implodes.
(Short version: Askier Non-Privileged-On-A-Given-Axis Male and Guessier Privelged-on-Same-Given-Axis Female is a Internet Fight that I’ve been seeing play out over-and-over again lately and just ARGH)
But yeah, insisting on using the word creep is muddying the waters. And there’s a certain other type of muddying the waters that happens. If Intent is Magic then that’s fine but there has to be a pass for socially awkward dudes who don’t actually do anything. If Intent isn’t magic then your intentions behind using the word creep isn’t magic either. So let’s talk about that – and reading up on some scrupulosity stuff and intersectional stuff might help too.