A woman recently shared her story of how she confronted a man at a gym who was "taking photos of her from behind..."
And his response left everyone speechless...
Keep scrolling for the full video.
It's always the same narrative and outcome that millions of women all around the world face every single day...
And the scary thing is that violence and harassment against women has been normalized by so many different cultures around the world.
And the proof is all around us. Even while raising awareness on the issue, women have run into several problems.
And yes, most of them include men who are standing against them in their fight for equality.
The hashtag #NotAllMen began to trend recently.
not all men, but it’s enough men that it scares ALL women.— liz. (@rad_lizzz) May 2, 2021
If you're a man and you still don't understand why this is one of the most problematic statements you could utter to women, especially during such a difficult time, let me explain it to you in the most simple way I can.
Women understand that it's "not all men."
The stats say so, but how do you spot which man is an abuser and which is not? In a line-up of men, who are the biggest perpetrators for these kinds of crimes, could you pick out the ones that have committed heinous acts against other women? Nope, you can't and that's exactly why it's hard to differentiate between them so women stay wary of the vast majority in order to protect themselves from the possibility.
"But it happens to men too..." Yes, we know. But yet again, the statistics show that men commit more acts of violence against other men.
this is why telling women to be cautious is not the answer. she was careful, she did everything she was supposed to and it still wasn’t enough. it is never our fault that we get raped or killed. stop telling us all the ways to be careful.— Pi?a Colada (@Rume__) May 2, 2021
tell men to stop harming us.
So it just begs the question: Why are you not helping women get to the root of this problem if there's a possibility of it happening to you too? Is it too hard to criticize one's own gender? Internalized misogyny is one of society's worst traits and it really shows during these types of discussions.
But we all have to stay focused and thankfully now, a lot of us are.
People are using their platforms to speak out against this type of treatment towards women, with a lot of them even having to resort to ulterior scenarios to explain it to the men that still don't understand.
And while they're doing that...
Women are sharing tips and tricks about how to stay safe when you're alone, or when you're walking in public, or even when someone tries to harass you.
And the results have, yet again, shocked audiences as to just how much women prepare themselves before going out.
It's funny because it's true.. Let's chat about the measures women take to keep themselves safe. This is not a war between genders but a really important conversation about how we can all contribute to safer communities #safetyforwomen #doourpart pic.twitter.com/09EQtcEpN3— The Rita Project (@TheRitaProject) April 5, 2021
From pepper spray, to r*pe alarms, women do all they can to make sure they are fully equipped so that if they are harassed by men when they're out, they can try and defend themselves.
But even with this level of preparation, it seems as though some men will just not give women a goddamn break.
TikTok user Janelle Rodriguez, AKA @j_rodriguezxo, was working out in the gym when someone came and told her that a man was taking pictures of her from behind. When she confronted him, he started getting very defensive.
Of course, she shared the video of the confrontation to the social media platform where hundreds of comments rolled in...
Rodriguez shared the incident in a series of clips, as she confronted the stranger.
She demanded to see the last photo on his phone, but he refused to show her, saying he would "never" take photos.
After he then gave what seems to be a "fake" name, she cranked it up a notch and threatened to get the managers involved.
But after Rodriguez mentions checking the security cameras, he starts getting defensive and gets out of his seat, walking towards her.
"I'm just trying to get to the bottom of it because that's really disrespectful if you did," she says.
In the next video, you can see him finally showing her his camera roll and immediately, she claims to see a photo of herself, but more precisely, a picture of her backside.
"I see it right there, so you're lying. Delete it right now before I make a f***ing scene," she says.
"I don't want my body on your phone. This isn't your body. F***ing piece of s***."
The strange man then tells her to "relax" and then tried to flee the gym.
But of course, Rodriguez stands her ground.
?In the end, however, it seems as though nothing was done.
"So update: his gym membership, terminated, which is great.
"I don't know if that's exactly what I wanted, I think I wanted an apology, like, a sincere apology that you would never do it again and that you were really sorry, not that you were sorry, like, I know you said you were sorry in the video, but you were also caught red-handed, so, like, any guy would say sorry, whatever."
"I just want a sincere apology, and the fact that he couldn't even do that, it is so sad."
Good for her for standing her ground.
Watch the video of the confrontation above...