Creepy Creeps

Hi, friends. I’ve got a short, annoying story to share with you all.

So, I’ve been a female for a long time. Roughly 28 years and two weeks, in fact. I’ve been a female on the internet since I was around 12 or 13 years old, and I have been a female in the online gaming community (pick your poison, I’ve played a bunch), for probably close to 13 years. It’s pretty safe to say that I’ve had to deal with my fair share of creeps in my life. You know the type. The ones who think it’s appropriate to comment on your body, just because you’re walking by them. The ones who follow you around in public, thinking that they will wear you down, and get your number. The ones who refuse to listen when you tell them you’re not interested. The ones who don’t take “no” for an answer.

You know the ones. We all have dealt with at least one of them.

A little while ago, I shared a post, detailing just a few stories of harassment I’ve experienced. Those stories all took place around the same time, several years ago. Since I’ve been off the grid for a little while (i.e. not working, and not playing many games online with other people), the amount of gross, predatory douchebags that I’ve had to deal with have been (thankfully) minimal.

Well, I got to chat with one last night.

Mind you, this situation was tame, to say the least. For that, I guess I am thankful. It could have escalated to something worse, but it never did. However, just because this creep didn’t lash out and threaten, insult, or berate me, does not make it okay.

Normally, I don’t answer DMs or messages from people I don’t know, especially if we don’t have any mutual friends, and they’re not from around where I live/have lived, but since I have been selling some stuff on Facebook Marketplace, as well as a few groups, I’ve been getting more than usual, and have been answering most of them.

Right away, I could see that this guy was not a potential buyer, and that he had other motives. Instead of blocking him straight away, I decided to see how long it would take for him to leave me alone, and how many times I had to say “NO”.

It… took a while.

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He only messaged me two more times after that, but I had stopped responding at that point, and blocked him. At least he was… polite? Polite-ish? Still a total creep. And this was just a tame encounter. Luckily, he didn’t choose to escalate to threats, or anything else. Further inspection of his profile revealed that he was supposedly in the US Army Chaplain Corps (ha!), and that he had joined Facebook in May 2018. Yeah, probably a fake profile. Or this guy has been living under a rock for the last 10 years or so.

But, seriously, how can anyone be this clueless? Is he actually this clueless, or does he really not give a shit if he’s making someone uncomfortable, and coming off like a predator? Does he really think that endless harassment will eventually make me cave and suddenly want to be besties (right, because that’s totally what he was after…)?

Either way, gross. So gross.

Do not be this guy. Ever. Just don’t.

Jan

Author: Super Jan

I am an exceedingly average humanoid who is trying to find where I fit in the world. Opinionated, slightly vulgar, and prone to crippling social anxiety. I am a gamer, retired podcaster, wannabe voice actor, newbie freelancer, Netflix binge-watcher, YouTube addict, and a mom just trying to do my best.

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