I remember the early days of the internet and first getting into chat rooms.
Guy: Hi, How are you? ASL?
Me: Fine, 16/f/Australia. Yourself?
Guy: Horny AF *Sends unsolicited dick picture*
Me: *Facepalm and leaves chat*
Who else remembers having conversations like these? I actually just had one come up today, but this time it was from a wrong number text message. This is not the first time or last time I will experience this, however after the recent #MeToo movement I want to make that guy aware that his behavior is just not kosher.
Now from a guys point of view I can understand the idea “I’m horny, what’s the worse that can happen? They’ll just say no and move on”, the potential for reward out weighs the consequences. And as a stranger on the internet no one is held accountable for their actions.
However from a receivers point of view it is an upright consent violation, you did not get my permission before sending me that picture and I was not prepared mentally to receive that type of stuff. It is sexual harassment. Period. Now before you respond with #notAllMen just because you would never do anything like that please just be aware that as a women I’m exposed to this type of behavior on a regular enough occurrence and for the better part of over 12 years now to just feel use to it.
So, have you experienced this before? How did you respond? Should I just send this blog post to the guy who sent me the unsolicited dick pick? How do I address this behavior in meaningful way to make the future a better place?