It's difficult to draw the line with terrorism and racism, too. So what ends up happening is the definitions get expanded so much that they lose all meaning. According to Coriolis, all interactions between the genders are sexist (but it's only sexist when guys do it because they have the power).It's expanding because it is difficult to draw a line in the first place. We just simply excluded the minority of those that did not agree with the definition. People play by the rules--and abuse them. It was simple at first, "You can't *not* hire someone simply because they are a woman. You cannot pay them different wages." But nothing stops you from making passive aggressive comments and disguised jokes towards her until she's forced to quit, now is there? So hostile environment has to be included to protect her while she's working there too.
I have no interest in speaking to any random stranger I run across in public, male or female. It's unlikely there would be any meaningful conversation. It would probably be pointless small talk, which is incredibly boring. And I actually avoid speaking with female strangers because of what you're talking about. "Does she think I'm only talking to her because of her looks?" So it's best to avoid those uncomfortable situations all together. The risk is too high for the meager reward. And it's not like I never speak to females. I just avoid ones I don't know unless I have a specific reason to speak to them (business related).Maybe you should. Try it out. See how terrified women are--how quickly they think you're trying to get into their pants, or assault them. See how *distrusting* all of us are to everyone that is a stranger. It is really blatant. Even confident women that aren't really afraid so much of strangers still are wary and make it clear that they're watching your every move.