Last week I was at the zoo and got separated from some of my friends. Whilst walking around looking for them, this guy approached me and asked if he could walk with me for awhile. I didn’t feel comfortable saying ‘no’ so I said ‘sure’. Finally, after awhile, I shook him off.
Later, when I got back to my friends, I told them the story. One of them, a guy named Jackson, shook his head at me patronizingly. “No, see, you have to be able to say no.”
And so that was the day I felt uncomfortable saying no to a guy and then got shamed by one for not saying no.