According to a post by a 31-year-old woman (username PessimistPr1me) on Reddit’s TIFU (Today IF**ked Up) forum, which received more than 21,000 upvotes, she was engaged to a podcast, with one earbud on, while Putting bags in her car after shopping at the grocery store.
As she was about to finish, a man on a bicycle ran towards her and seemed to say “Beautiful chest!” “As he passed me smiling,” she said.
“I was surprised by this, so I yelled again, ‘You disgusting, pervert! “And the man looked at her” with a really confused look and muttered something like “What the hell is that?”
“I realized after about three seconds that what he was actually saying was ‘beautiful dress.’ I was wearing a long, colorful dress that really stood out. I immediately felt like an idiot and still cringed just thinking about it. Oops. [emoji of grinning with teeth showing] Sorry bike man! ‘ said the woman.
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According to a study of 1,000 women and 1,000 men commissioned by the nonprofit Stop Street Harassment published in February 2018, most women (81 percent) and many men (43 percent) reported experiencing harassment. sexual harassment and/or abuse in their lives.
Verbal sexual harassment was found to be the most common, with 77 percent of women and 34 percent of men reporting it.
“Sexual harassment occurs across a range of locations, but the most on the list is public places,” the study said, with 66 percent of women reporting having experienced sexual harassment in public.
The top five “frequently selected forms of sexual harassment and assault” for women include the following, as outlined in the study:
- Someone whistles, honks, makes kissing or “Pssst” sounds, or gasps/stares at you vigorously (65%).
- Someone who says “Hey Baby,” “Mmmm Sexy,” “Yo Shorty,” “Mami/Mamacita,” “give me a smile,” or similar comments in a way that is disrespectful and/or unwanted and/or makes you feel insecure (59 percent).
- Someone intentionally touches you or attacks you in an unwelcome sexual way (51 percent).
- Someone who describes you as sexually offensive, such as “b***h,” “slut,” “c**t,” “ho” (46 percent).
- someone who talks about your body parts (such as your legs, thighs, buttocks, or breasts) in an inappropriate or offensive way; Saying sexually explicit comments (such as “I want to do [BLANK] yours”) or asking inappropriate sexual questions (43 percent).
Several Redditors have been in stitches from the latest viral post.
In a comment with 8,200 upvotes, InDrIdCoLd37 user predicted that there could be a separate post on Reddit’s Am I The A** hole (AITA) forum by a cyclist saying: **king perv, am I an asshole?”
User zap2214 wrote: Lmao [laughing my a** off] I’m the same, someone compliments me and I feel like you can hear the tone of the connection as my brain tries to make sense of what was said.”
In a comment that garnered 2,100 upvotes, Avius_Si-muntu shared: “My brain immediately went to the grocery store that had chicken breasts in them…..maybe I’m feeling a little hungry.”
User ArenSteele “I thought it would be a chicken breast gouging, still inappropriate with a stranger, but less hostile.”
In a comment that garnered 1,400 upvotes, user Shiggens wrote: “As an older man I’ve learned that it probably isn’t a good idea for random women to compliment on anything.”
In a comment with 519 upvotes, user mnl_cntn said, “Yes, I learned my lesson a long time ago. Never compliment anyone. A straight trip to creepsville if they take it the wrong way…”
In a comment that received 161 upvotes, user Pls_PmTitsOrFDAU_Thx said: “This is my biggest fear of praising women. I’ve never done that because I’m afraid of looking scary. This story only reinforces my anxiety.”