In the case of Othello the floor-humper, we get a little more toward the overt, intentional end of the creepage spectrum.
There’s really no way to say that Othello’s behavior was not intentional. He wanted to be seen humping the floor and specifically, he wanted Annie to see him basically humping the floor AT her. He ensured this via his calculated placement of himself and making no effort to silence the THOOM! THOOM! THOOM! of his pelvis hitting the ground. Much like our other floor humper, he wanted to be paid attention to.
Now, I’m no psychologist but from what I know of the guy, I’d estimate that his behavior was one part sexual aggression (as this was slightly before the era of dick pics. Christ, I’m old.) and one part emotional immaturity. This emotional immaturity is expressed by many creepers who believe that you can determine an outcome with a person just with the sheer force of your feelings. Think of a kid throwing a tantrum. It’s literally the same thing. (I told you he was a brat.) Tantrums for many purposes were this guy’s M.O. in general. If only Annie knew how much all he wanted to do was THOOM-a THOOM THOOM THOOM, then maybe she’d change her mind.
This is the part some creepers don’t get. For most women, especially women who aren’t into you and have already expressed this in some form (including walking away), expressing the things you’d like to do to them either verbally or in this case…pantomime(???) is not a compliment. It’s rude at best and threatening at worst. Expressing your apparent loss of self-control is also not a compliment. It’s just plain threatening. If Othello wanted to make a point that he was so “burning with passion” that he couldn’t help but hump things, this was likely meant as a hint of what other things he “couldn’t help” but do if Annie continued to provoke him by being attractive in his presence.
In this case, we also see a perfect example of why many women don’t often expressly tell creepers to cut it out or speak up about sexual harassment. Even in a clear as day case like this with multiple witnesses, we all were at a loss for what to do. We even spent the first 10 or so minutes of our discussion of the incidents checking in with each other as to whether we’d even seen what we saw. That aside, so many conflicting factors made us unsure of how to handle this. This is the situation many sexual harassment victims face when they are harrassed in a setting they’re invested in or can’t readily escape from such as school or work. Is speaking up worth the drama? Will it make matters worse? How will the person I report it to handle it? Will they deal with it properly or will I be brushed off or even blamed for disrupting things? Even the possible discomfort of poor Professor Z was taken into account and he didn’t even have a floor humper targeting him. And so we did basically nothing. Even though this fortunately didn’t escalate or continue once the show was over, doing nothing still doesn’t sit well with me.
I wonder how well it sat with Annie.