I am sitting on a couch at the Hipster Philz in the Mission. As I turned to my left, I noticed the guy next to me looking at a photo of a girl in a bikini on some random magazine type blog. As soon as I looked, he quickly changed the page back to his e-mail. Not that long ago, his response would have probably been nodding at me and asking me if I thought she was hot.
I won’t lie, I think I have also been neutered this way. Despite all the shit talking about herd mentality, I haven’t been immune from social conditioning, and I too wouldn’t feel comfortable if I was in his place, at least if this was taking place in SF.