People who say the speed of light is a real physical barrier have never witnessed the speed at which men will band together to make a woman responsible for soothing the feelings of a man who’s harassed her.
Dudes: he definitely broke the code of conduct! [talk about how sad this asshole feels for five minutes] but enough of that, what do YOU want to happen?
Me: I want to not hear about his sad feelings and for him to leave me the fuck alone for the remaining three hours of this conference.
Dudes: sure thing!
Dudes, half an hour later: so we talked to him and [more about his sad feelings in detail] but he’ll totally leave you alone!
Me: …sure okay are we done?
Dudes, another half hour later: so he is still SO VERY SAD and CRYING and MORTIFIED AND -
ME: what the fuck was unclear about not wanting to hear about his sad feels and that being the end of this
Dudes: uh, okay, so…he’s still going to leave you alone. cool?
Me: WE ARE DONE TALKING ABOUT THIS NOW.
Dudes, every ten minutes: so how are YOU feeling? are you sad yet? you seem fine are you fine?