Self defense is easy to learn, but difficult to master. Sure, you can win a local-yokel karate tournament by waxing cars and sanding floors, but becoming a master is no easy task. Luckily, for the ladies, there’s a new mind game they can play to defend themselves from creepy cat-callers.
In a tweet, author and activist Feminista Jones imparts a bit of wisdom with a kind of mental jiu-jitsu to use against men who give creepy, unsolicited compliments.
Piss a man off today: Tell him you agree with his compliment of you.
— TheDevil's Sidechick (@FeministaJones) May 12, 2017
Jones’ tweet went viral, with a number of women attesting to how valid her strategy is.
— alex (@girls0nfilm) May 12, 2017
This technique totally turns the tables on cat callers. It’s almost like killing them with kindness, but the kindness is only directed at the woman, herself. For a guy to get offended by a woman agreeing with his compliment, that means he wasn’t being sincere in the first place (shocking, I know). The cat caller doesn’t mean to build women up, he means to build himself up in his target’s eyes, that he’s generous, that he finds her attractive. When a woman acts like a compliment is no surprise, it pulls the rug straight out from underneath the cat caller’s feet.