08/20/2014 10:12 am ET Updated Aug 20, 2014

The Truth About Catcalling Is More Complicated Than The Internet Thinks

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A few weeks ago, my boyfriend, Alex, told me a story I’d never heard before. He was at a bar with his friends, and he went up to go to the bathroom when this older man, who was drunk and had apparently been cruising him for a few minutes, forcibly grabbed him by the wrist and said, “Where the hell do you think you’re going?” He then tried to engage Alex in a few seconds of conversation before he excused himself and walked away.

“Wow,” I said. “I can’t believe you never told me about that. Were you scared?”

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