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Reddit Asks the Question: 'Women of Reddit, What is the Creepiest Thing a Man Has Said to You in Public?'

By Petr Knava | reddit | February 18, 2020 |

By Petr Knava | reddit | February 18, 2020 |


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Catcalling is grim as f**k. Speaking as a straight dude—and therefore someone who stereotypucally in theory might have been expected to engage in it, at least some time—I gotta say that I have just never understood it. I mean, I get it in theory. Like, I can follow the logic of its existence from the conditions that have given rise to it. As a form of power projection backed up by the patriarchal superstructure that exists everywhere around us, catcalling makes sense. Men are trained to feel comfortable and entitled enough to project their sense of ownership over women—masculinity is after all a sort of cult—and catcalling is what results. But despite being able to contextualise it, I’ve never gotten the appeal. The thought of doing it has always filled me with complete horror, even before I became aware of the theory behind all these toxic systems that form the skeleton of society. So every time I hear of an example of it happening I’m just astounded that anyone could ever stomach that sh*t coming out of their mouth. And on that note, here is a thread that is really filled with stomach-turning stuff, as Reddit asks the question: ‘Girls of Reddit, what is the creepiest thing a man has said to you in public?’ I changed that to ‘women’ because I often just find the use of the word ‘girls’ cringey in oh so many ways, but frankly, after reading some of the responses it seems that the latter term was the right one all along. Jesus fu**ing Christ. You can check out the full thread here—and there are some real horror stories in there, and I’m sure many of our readers also have similar ones—but below are some ‘highlights’:

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