One of the things most women learn as they grow up is how to gently rebuff the unwanted advances of a man. You have to be firm, but not aggressive; polite, but not cowed. It's a delicate balance. And all too often, some men choose not to take no for an answer and continue to insist you let them buy you a drink. A writer named Amna Saleem recently found herself in this particularly difficult situation. It was at that moment that another woman stepped in and saved the day.
Saleem was at the bar when a guy approached her and offered to give her a drink.
Ahhh, it’s a tale as old as time. Girl goes to bar. Boy sees girl.
Boy decides to hit on girl… then refuses to take no for an answer.
Luckily, another woman saw Saleem's struggle and swiftly stepped in:
In case you didn’t pick up on it, this random woman was a total stranger who just pretended to know Saleem in order to extricate her from the creepy guy situation.
Saleem sums it up nicely by saying: “Women are great.”
They really are, aren’t they?
Women immediately started chiming in with their own encounters with thirsty men at the bar (and I don't mean thirst for drinks):
Like this woman, who tried to help her friend out and ended up being the new target.
Seriously?! How did that guy think this was a good option?
This woman has another great idea for women trying to help other women:
Next time you see a woman in a tricky situation, approach her and ask how “Mary” is doing. Who’s Mary, you ask?
Mary doesn’t exist. She’s a fictional person whose purpose is to give you something to talk about. Pretty brilliant, right?
At one point, a man spoke up on Saleem's viral Twitter thread to ask for advice on what men can do in similar situations.
Obviously, there are men out there who don’t put women in uncomfortable situations like the guy Saleem was dealing with. After this guy asked for advice, Saleem and others gave him a bunch of brilliant ideas…