Jameela Jamil, who plays Tahani Al-Jamil on The Good Place, took to Twitter on Sunday, March 24th, to tell a disheartening story about a not-so-rare encounter she had with a man who wanted to date her.
Was out at the shops with my friend. Man ogles me. Man then approaches me to give me his number. I explain I have a… https://t.co/GQsWw9kJZS— Jameela Jamil (@Jameela Jamil) 1553469718.0
Let a bitch live.— Jameela Jamil (@Jameela Jamil) 1553469718.0
Unfortunately, countless women sounded off in her replies, telling stories of eerily similar experiences they'd had with other men who refused to simply take "no" for an answer.
@jameelajamil It’s gross that you had to mention that you were already taken by another man (we’ve probably all don… https://t.co/FzVJymxaBD— Nicky’s 🍰 Twin (@Nicky’s 🍰 Twin) 1553471207.0
I once said no thank you to man when I was 19 and didn’t have an excuse... and he punched me in the face. After tha… https://t.co/K69MSqzH50— Jameela Jamil (@Jameela Jamil) 1553471497.0
@jameelajamil I do the same but it disgusts me how there needs to be mention of another man for them to leave women… https://t.co/aESaRhzUOD— MY NAME'S CONNOR I’M THE ANDROID SENT BY CYBERLIFE (@MY NAME'S CONNOR I’M THE ANDROID SENT BY CYBERLIFE) 1553472014.0
The stories all seemed to put on display the incredible fragility of the male ego.
@EmmaDac @jameelajamil If you reject them outright, they have to accept that they don’t appeal to you. If you say y… https://t.co/99LtlOYlSp— Bridget (@Bridget) 1553476707.0
@jameelajamil The way I’ve tried to explain it to male friends is that as a woman, my life is a constant threat assessment.— Sally McSurly (@Sally McSurly) 1553472087.0
The lengths many women have to go to feel safe is ridiculous. In a perfect world, strategies like these would be unnecessary.
@jameelajamil @anyabelisle @SnarkyTwin I have a standing policy with platonic male friends that if I’m feeling unco… https://t.co/ygxpNo8CWN— Christina (@Christina) 1553472800.0
@christinadunnn @greeniejoey @jameelajamil @anyabelisle @SnarkyTwin Yeah, I had a number of friends that had me do… https://t.co/BJ306utNUV— Mark Anderson (@Mark Anderson) 1553475282.0
The women's male friends would often help them out, but that should never have been necessary.
@jameelajamil was in a bar once.Guy approached me aggressively wouldnt back off. one of my guy friends had to say b… https://t.co/OtaxnXpZpt— Amanda Moresco Von Lumm (@Amanda Moresco Von Lumm) 1553472414.0
@mandy_moresco Cuuuute ending. Horrifying story. ❤️— Jameela Jamil (@Jameela Jamil) 1553472509.0
Men, get your act together ASAP! None of this is acceptable.
@jameelajamil I got called a lesbian and told I was probably on my period when I rejected a guy his friend also spa… https://t.co/d99XMYI6AG— Kennise Darlsson (@Kennise Darlsson) 1553470156.0
@kennydarlsson @jameelajamil You should date her instead— Katie (@Katie) 1553470761.0
Teaching boys about rejection should start at a very early age.
We need to teach children about rejection, so that we can change the way we see rejection as a society. We need to… https://t.co/9s6XXSurua— Jameela Jamil (@Jameela Jamil) 1553471983.0
@jameelajamil Talking to my young boys about this at the moment and explicitly teaching them “if you ask out a girl… https://t.co/GtjgB9ZQMf— Victoria Evans (@Victoria Evans) 1553471753.0
@jameelajamil Thing is - they just get it. They’re a few years away from this anyway but never have they said “mayb… https://t.co/ftRH5IzIxk— Victoria Evans (@Victoria Evans) 1553472801.0
It's time these men's behavior becomes unacceptable in civilized society.
Jesus Christ... read the replies in this thread. Let this be an education to everyone out there about our experienc… https://t.co/HQlUtpCTKH— Jameela Jamil (@Jameela Jamil) 1553472718.0