A tweet about a woman trying to help save another woman struck a chord
There’s a Twitter thread currently going viral about women saving women from creepy dudes — and it just might restore your faith in humanity. The conversation kicked off when Twitter user Nicoletta posted a short anecdote about a female stranger who pretended to be her friend when she thought a guy was bugging her.
Turns out, the guy was Nicoletta’s boyfriend just joking around, but it was a beautiful, touching moment of solidarity and kindness.
It seems like the story really resonated with women (SURPRISE SURPRISE).
Ricky was just acting like he wasn’t my bf at the gym, saying to me “you look nice in those leggings, can I take you out some time?”
This girl (that I don’t know) comes up to me and says “hey you ready to leave?”
I informed her he was my bf
BUT GIRL I APPRECIATE YOU
— Nicoletta (@nictoobomb) February 7, 2018
Of course there were men chiming in the replies who didn’t understand why women don’t want to be aggressively hit on while they are just trying to live their lives. Avoiding creeps at the gym is nothing new. But more importantly, many, many women hopped in to share their own tales of kind female strangers who had their back.
At 17 on a flight on my own, the guy next to me was being creepy and hiding my things, the flight attendant turned to me and said “I managed to get you a seat that you can stretch your ✌🏻bad✌🏻leg out on”— Kate Keeble (@K8Keebs) February 8, 2018
I was so grateful for her moving me.
Was being stalked on a train before, and some random women helped me. Never been so appreciative in my life— • catherine • (@itscatherine_A) February 8, 2018
I got harassed on a train and a girl who hated me stepped in and was like ‘OH MY GOD HIYA IVE NOT SEEN YOU IN AGES’— Chelsie Boyack (@chelsieboyack) February 8, 2018
Even though we couldn’t stand each other, girls helping girls is priorities
i was at work and this old man kept talking to me and i was uncomfortable bc i was trying to do my job but i didn't want to be rude & suddenly a woman came up to me needing help in a diff area so i go with her and she's like "i don't really need help i was just saving you" ❤️— anything for salchichas (@callateliam) February 8, 2018
i had a girl do a similar thing but it was real, the guy kept bothering me and she pretended like we were friends who havent seen each other in years... later i cried because i was so thankful for her 💜— molly loves namjoon💕 (@joonieseok) February 9, 2018
They also had plenty of stories about men who had their back too — which added heartwarming feelings on top of heartwarming feelings.
One time at a bar a guy had cornered me and I must have looked really uncomfortable, then a guy neither of us knew tapped him on the shoulder and said something like “hey, do I know you?” The guy turned away long enough for me to bolt. Extremely thankful 😬— Sarah🥀 (@sarahtweetin) February 8, 2018
One time at the gym, guy comes up to me & motions ear buds out, ok no I'm not using machine go ahead,i go to put earbuds back in & he moves closer, "you look good doing squats". 2 LARGE dudes appear suddenly and guy vanishes. Me & LG dudes nod and go back to working out. Alone.— Water bears no scars. (@instantwizard) February 8, 2018
I’m 5’2 and was deep in the mosh pit at a gig, and some guys were being ‘handsy’ so two big blokes in biker jackets literally lifted me off the ground and to the side and kept me safe in the pit for the rest of the night, it was awesome— Chelsie Boyack (@chelsieboyack) February 8, 2018
A few weeks ago my bf was on the train and noticed a guy making a woman super uncomfortable, asking what stop she got off at and stuff. She got off at the same stop as my bf, so he made sure to walk slowly in front of creepy dude down the platform to make sure she got away safe😁— Z.B Simpson (@ZBSimpsonWriter) February 8, 2018
Then there were the women who didn’t have a story to share but wanted to give a shout-out to sisters helping sisters. Because it is honestly a beautiful thing,
females looking out for other females makes my heart happy.— Tayy (@TayyMkayy) February 8, 2018
Nicoletta’s gym savior even chimed in to explain why she stepped in and helped.
“The first time I started going to the gym older men would compliment my figure and say really weird things that would make me uncomfortable,” she began. “I always wanted someone who intervene because I KNOW people were hearing this. But no one ever did.”
She went on to say that – even though it turned out the guy was actually Nicoletta’s boyfriend — she’s very glad she said something.
Even thought I don’t know @nictoobomb, I could hear what her boyfriend was saying & he really didn’t sound like her boyfriend. To me it sounded like she was getting hit on and from her reaction, which looking back seems like she was just annoyed with him pretending, was unwanted— Maddison Westcott (@Maddison2036) February 8, 2018
So I decided to intervine and I asked her if she was ready to leave. She then informed me he was her boyfriend.— Maddison Westcott (@Maddison2036) February 8, 2018
While I was extremely embarrassed as Terry and Shannon laughed at me, I was honestly happy that he was her boyfriend because I knew she was safe and wasn’t getting harassed and soemthing bad wouldn’t happen to her.— Maddison Westcott (@Maddison2036) February 8, 2018
All and all I thought it was appropriate because I didn’t want another girl to be uncomfortable. I would rather be mortified with embarrassment than to have her in danger. Embarrassment goes away pretty quickly, having someone assault you doesn’t.— Maddison Westcott (@Maddison2036) February 8, 2018
Here’s hoping that some guys figure out the appropriate way to flirt and learn to pick up on signals. In the meantime, it’s so nice to see that we’re all looking out for each other.