Why Women Smile at Men Who Sexually Harass Us
Hanna Brooks Olsen

Wow. I’m afraid of what my daughters may have to go through when they grow up.

One thing though, I’ve been in your boyfriend’s position. When I saw a man disrespecting my girlfriend at the time like that, all I saw was red and wanted to stomp that guy to a pulp, but there’s always that voice in the back of your head that tells a man that we’ve been taught and told not to handle things that way anymore. I wonder if that’s what was going through your boyfriend’s head at the time?

I do hear your message loud and clear though. The part that really troubles me is that I think I’ve sat and watched my friends talk to women in these ways and done nothing. I feel horrible about that, now.

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