"The world fully believes that women are required to date any guy who persists in asking her out."
The world believes and promulgates no such thing. We do have endless movies showing how if men are peristent in showing their worth by wooing, dining, genuflecting and apologing they can eventuallly win a woman over and "earn" her love. A descructive meme for both gender to be sure but nowhere certainly at least in the US and Western Countries does anyone but a sociopath since a woman is required to date him. I wonder why the only men we get compare to are rapists and sociopaths and the only men whose "rights" you wish to be given to you are Alpha Males.
I am sure many men including myself recognize the same thing from our own end. In many ways it might be even more hurtful as a man to awaken our heart when you aren't sure you want it or not, our hearts generally being held, pardon the pun, closer to…
You wouldn't BLINK if your female friends said such tame things about their male dates, in fact each of the comments would be a larger comment about men' shortcomings in general. As someone who grew up with three sisters and have had many and mostly female friends I can tell you the things women say about men are horridic in comparison. Yeah, it's a bad sign when your date's bathroom is dirty and there is cat litter on the floor. FFS women take having different lenght shoelaces as a bad sign. Lighten up on men already. Maybe y'all won't have to keep writinc columns and good enjoy some good men and dates for once.
What isn God's Name is wrong with the picture? Most women would kill for that to be their worst let alone any picture. Most men would carry it in their wallet if it was their girlfriend with pride. I dont pay the slightest attention to the K's and don't in fact find the whole uber made up stylized look attractive in the slightest. But there is something poisonously ironic about having lawyers fighting to take that picture down.
But heteronormativity is the default. I don't think trying to change a fact changes a fact. Glorifying it above all else is a mistake, acknowledging it is normative is not. The idea is too not invalidate or dismiss or marginalize non-heteronormative relationships. But for instance we don't need to have gay/transgender couples/people on every show because that is not a reflection of reality either.
I agree on the under-reporting, the only reason I find the lesiban-most and homesexual-men-least data so compelling is that it exposes the lie that men are violent/controlling/abusive in relationships and women are victims.