There is a saying that goes 'faint heart never won fair maiden'. In the best case scenario, the application of this idiom could prompt someone to make a bold romantic gesture, such as firing himself from a canon with a rose in his mouth.
However, in the worst case scenario, it can lead a would-be-suitor to interpret 'no' as meaning anything but no.
A series of messages received by Twitter user @gothhunny, after she rejected a man on Tinder, perfectly encapsulates such creepy persistence. The woman shared screenshots of the messages on Twitter, explaining that she didn't match the man on the dating app, but he subsequently found her Instagram page and messaged her directly on there.
The woman said she told the man on six occasions that she wasn't interested, but he would not relent, with the messages that followed ranging from patronising and deluded to creepy and abusive:
The man sent a series of weird messages after being rejected on Tinder. Credit: Twitter/@gothhunny
The man sent a series of weird messages after he was rejected on Tinder. Credit: Twitter/gothhunny
... What a stupid bellend more like.
The tweet has since been retweeted 55,000 times, with many women sharing similar experiences and highlighting how pervasive the problem can be for women who use dating apps.
One Twitter user wrote: "Our society glorifies men and demonises women & leaves it up to women to deal with the fallout from men getting their feelings hurt; I'm sure every woman can pull up at least 20 screenshots of this happening, and even more frighting recount 20 instances of this happening IRL."
Another added: "That 'If we met in person you'd love me' thing is so worrying, because it may be true. Or, maybe not 'love,' but at least 'like.' He could be someone charming & manipulative who is very adept at keeping this hateful, dark side of his personality hidden, at least initially."
While a third posted: "Sadly, stuff like that happens. Idk why guys think they can talk a woman into wanting them or would want to date someone that needs convincing. The 'I'll just keep insulting her until she breaks' method doesn't work."
In the meantime, all you social media and date app-using cats, feel free to use that block button liberally if you pick up even the faintest hint of an overly persistent prick.
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