Women Are Sharing Their Experiences of What Happened When They Rejected Men
There’s been a lot in the news recently about incels and redistribution of sex. Incel = involuntarily celibate, and redistribution of sex = women being expected to shag these blokes so they don’t get all murdery about not getting laid. Completely understandably, many people took exception to this.
It takes away womens’ bodily autonomy and puts the blame on them when men become violent.
It’s also sparked a debate, with plenty of guys steaming in to say #NotAllMen and get defensive about incels being the only ones who become aggressive when rejected. Elizabeth May retaliated to this by asking the women of Twitter what their experiences had been after rejecting men.
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by Lydia Hawken
Elizabeth May has encouraged women to share their experiences in this viral Twitter thread
WOMEN all over the world are sharing their most frightening dating experiences in a Twitter thread that has had over 2,500 responses.
Young fiction author Elizabeth May took to Twitter to ask other women of their most terrifying experiences rejecting men – and the responses she’s had are overwhelming.
The author’s original tweet, in which she asked women to share their “frightening” experiences after they had “rebuffed, rejected, or otherwise ignored” a man’s advances, has been shared more than 8,000 times.
From Tinder dates that took a scary turn, to being harassed on public transport, each of the responses shared a sinister undertone of men who wouldn’t take no for an answer.
The terrifying Twitter thread demonstrates just how commonplace these experiences are.
Out of the thousands of responses this thread has received, a worrying number of stories featured abusive ex-boyfriends and overbearing colleagues.
One user shared the truly horrific story of when she was worked part-time at a library as a 16-year-old.
She wrote: “I got in the elevator with my male coworkers. They stopped the elevator & said, “We could rape you here & there’d be nothing you could do about it.”
In an even more horrifying turn of events, the woman’s female manager responded to her worry by asking “What do you want me to say? Don’t get in an elevator with them.”
Other women also shared more random abuse they had endured, including a “guy at a club” who threatened to “break a bottle over” the head of a woman who rejected his advances.
Another victim also shared her experience of being followed “through the mall” by a random man before he “pinned me to a column outside”, “demanded my number”, and “wrote his phone number on my hand along with ‘U MINE’.”
Since the Twitter thread went viral last night, Elizabeth May has been subject to even more threatening messages from male users.
She describes how she has been “derailed, trolled, insulted” for creating a conversation in which women can discuss the abuse they have endured.