Culture June 12, 2017
These little changes may shock you.
Ever found yourself changing the way you act around a man to avoid being harassed? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
We’ve read time and time again how guys change their behavior around women, but we were curious to learn how women feel they have to alter their behavior around men.
Thankfully, Reddit has some amazing female users, most of whom could offer insight into this biological conundrum.
“Let’s just say I don’t eat bananas in public anymore.”
“Whenever I eat a banana in public, I aggressively tear it apart with my bared teeth.”
“General affection, even with hugs and compliments I’m pretty reserved unless our relationship is clearly drawn out and we both know that nothing is being implied.”
“I make zero physical contact beyond shaking hands when introducing myself. I’ll hug close friends but that’s it.”
“If I have to pick something off the ground I bend my legs and squat down to do it so it doesn’t look like I’m showing off my ass, even though it’d be a lot easier to just bend down.”
“I added a few people on my team because we played extremely well. We continued playing together for a few weeks and it was totally cool up until my bro accidentally referred to me as ‘she.’ Since then the guys I added started attempting to flirt and ask me inappropriate questions. Sucks too [because] we made a pretty good team but they just had to ruin it by being creepers.”
“Mentioning that I have a girlfriend, weirdly enough. You know how saying you have a boyfriend is normally pretty good for making guys go away? Well, saying you have a girlfriend just leads to a bunch of gross questions and offers of ‘if you’re ever looking for a threesome, hit me up’ (gag).”
“Last year I ran into a coworker at the supermarket, and he offered to help me out with my groceries. We get to my car, and all of a sudden I’m arguing with him for 10 minutes about why I don’t want to date him. I started off joking, then got serious. Finally I just got in the car and left.”
“I’m a naturally smiley person and smile when I talk to people, just to be friendly, but I have to be careful about it if I notice a guy taking it the wrong way.”
“I had one coworker who took it way, way too far and I ended up having to show him a picture of my ex boyfriend and I together and buy a cheap ring to wear to get him to back off. All because I smiled when I talked.”
Wow. It’s ridiculous how much we have to change just to keep ourselves from being harassed by guys!
Have your ever altered an innocent behavior for a man? Let us know in the comments!
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