TW for harassment.
This article provides an excellent example of how the Knight/Beast dichotomy plays into rape culture.
Some men harass women on street corners. Generally, our culture presents it as being working-class men– archetypically, construction workers. They’re Beasts, not like the nice Knights who can be expected not to whistle at women who don’t want to be whistled at. Their harassment of women is yet another element that shows that they’re not Our Kind Of People, like burping or visible butt-crack; because they’re blue-collar, they cannot be expected to be civil and polite. Therefore, women should refrain from complaining and just take it as a compliment.
Can I point out how insulting that is to men and boundary-violating it is to women?