The Good Place star Jameela Jamil recently tweeted a story about a man who became irate after she politely declined to give him her number. If you are a female-identifying person alive on the planet, it’s very likely that you have run into this (sadly) common form of sexual harassment at least once or more in your life. After Jamil tweeted out her story, hundreds of women rushed into her mentions to confirm that they face this situation all too often.
Women constantly have to be prepared for anger or retaliation any time we politely decline a man’s advances. Jamil tweeted out another story in which she was violently assaulted simply for rejecting someone.
Her tweets were met with replies from many women who confirmed their similar frustrations at this common form of harassment.
Some shared their own stories:
Other lamented having their only line of defense be to mention a boyfriend:
One woman shared her tactics for avoiding this kind of harassment:
A mother wrote how she’s hoping to eradicate this future behavior in her young sons:
Thanks to social media, we now have public spaces to discuss the things that were once only whispered among groups of women. Hopefully, more men read these stories and empathize with the fear of verbal or physical retaliation that women feel each time they try to reject an unwanted sexual or romantic advance.