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‘Being a woman is scary’: the unspoken danger of declining a man’s advances

It shouldn’t be a problem for women to decline attention from men, but it often is, as Jameela Jamil’s experiences show
Jameela Jamil was punched in the face for rejecting a man’s advances. Photograph: Ramona Rosales/the Guardian

When the actor Jameela Jamil tweeted about her negative experiences of rejecting unwanted advances, she unleashed a torrent of similar stories from other women. Many men, on the other hand, seemed completely shocked.

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