Why Women Smile at Men Who Sexually Harass Us
Hanna Brooks Olsen
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Trigger warnings of all kinds, but I don’t think this list can be shared enough: http://whenwomenrefuse.tumblr.com/ Men need to realize that it’s stories like these that are running through the back of every woman’s mind when she’s harrassed by a man. I know it took me too many years to realize that just because a woman is smiling and working to make me feel comfortable, does _not_ mean that she’s comfortable with a situation. I have a responsibility to look deeper, and understand which situations can be threatening. I wish there was more training in this area in social/health classes in school. I had to learn most of this from female friends at university who were patient enough to teach me, which is far too late really.

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