The other night I picked up a couple from a club. They were both chattering up a storm, and then started to talk about him getting hit on by some gay men at the club. They both went to great pains to reassure me they weren’t homophobic. But these men were being rather disrespectful to his lady friend, and painfully forceful with him.
We talked about it a bit and he just kept circling around to “they just wouldn’t give up, no matter what I said, or did, they would not stop hitting on me! I’m not a piece of meat and I’m just not interested!. Find someone else!”.
Finally the irony was too unbearable, “So in other words, you, a straight, white male have just been initiated into the world of catcalling/rape culture.”.
Stunned silence, and then they both start laughing.
“Omg! She’s right! You know what it’s like now!”.
“For real, that’s crazy! So that’s what it’s like?”
Then more seriously: “Wait, that’s what it’s like?”
That’s exactly what it’s like.
I think we may be on to something here…