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Sexual Harassment Towards Men Is A Thing (But Not What You Think)

By now, you have probably seen the video of the woman in New York who videoed herself getting cat called throughout a day in New York City. There's all sorts of things people have said about it and I'm not going to add to them - I have been right next to attractive female friends when they have been cat called and I have no doubts about what women face.

I am going to add my own little experience to it though - it's something most men probably ignore and don't even talk about. Unlike the harassment women face, it's not in your face but it's nonetheless annoying. You know what I mean - online sexual harassment.

Today I got this message in my inbox, along with this image of a "23 year old" (whoever that young lady is, I hope she is both aware that her visage is being used and is safe - if you know her and find this worrying, please contact me and I can provide the e-mail and we can possibly get law enforcement involved) woman:

From the message: "my digits are 704 two five one 2284. Im just a 23 year old female. Im

looking to meet new people and maybe hookup. text me if you get a minplease."

I forwarded this message to a female friend of mine, who said she didn't think it was fake. I replied that it was "fake as fuck." My friend said I should Google call that number but like an idiot I didn't listen and texted back. I texted back with "Hello" and got this message:

"heyy, what's up hun?? im so freaking bored, do you wanna chat for a bit?"

Oh my god, no one on earth talks like that. I didn't respond and then got "Are you still there?" which I responded to with "No, I'm not here." That brought on this illustrious response:

"well..i just got out of the shower, ha and i'm kinda hoorny to be honest..."

My friend is brilliant and she told me to respond by saying "I just baked cookies with my grannie." I got a robo call response to that one - just a blank message back.

I usually ignore messages like this, which somehow still end up in my inbox despite my spam filter being pretty good. I am not sure what the end goal of them is - are some men so foolish that they follow through and give up their credit card number? I don't know. That catcall video did make me think anew about this though and the sick tendency to use something sacred like sexuality to manipulate people.


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