I can probably count the amount of times I've used the word "creeper" in this forum (three or five, give or take), and those times I got about a dozen responses from male users saying things like, "augh, I hate that word" or "why is it that women always use that word?"
Well, turns out the MRA (Men's Rights Activists) are sick of that word, too. They call it "creep-shaming." One user in Reddit says, "the ability to label men as ‘creepy' is just one privilege that women enjoy, and a constant source of fear of ostracizing that all men must fear in our society." Creep is "the worst casual insult that can be tossed at a guy" writes Jeremy Paul Gordon at the Hairpin. The users insist that the word is used particularly by women to put men down.
I read this on Jezebel.com and the writer made this really interesting comment about how it's the only word that doesn't have any mysogynistic roots.
Jeremy Paul Gordon specifically compared the term to "*****," "d*uchebag," and "*sshole." The first two words, when directed at a man, insult him by comparing him either to a vagina or a device used to clean one; their pejorative power lies in the way they feminize the guy who gets called one of these names. "*******," as the historian Rictor Norton has suggested
, is rooted in a derogatory term for men who allowed themselves to be anally *****ed. A man who gets penetrated behaves like a woman and is labeled as feminine — a fate that we raise small American boys to fear more than almost anything else. (This is why, of course, words like "b*tch" or "p*ssy" when used by one man to another, are so much more likelier to lead to blows than "d*ck" or "pr*ck." Men are unlikely to be enraged by references to their own anatomy, only to a woman's.)
Apparently, "creep" is more hurtful because it describes how the woman feels around said man. Conversely, the listed insults simply describe their actions, or how they appear in the moment.
The writer at Jezebel ends his article with this remark, though:
This, of course, is why some guys hate the word so much; it forces men to reflect carefully about how they make women feel. No wonder then that so many guys are campaigning against "creep-shaming." After all, the sooner the term becomes socially unacceptable, the sooner men can get back to not having to think about women's boundaries.
Let's not jump to generalizations about men or women and have a, um, civil argument (because, let's face it, it'll get to that). Although what I'd really like is your POV on how the word makes you feel (guys) and who you usually describe with this word (gals).