Photo courtesy Jen Kirkman.

Photo courtesy Jen Kirkman.

Over the weekend, comedian Jen Kirkman was in Melbourne, Australia, when something unfortunate and all too common happened: men on the street commented on how she was dressed.

It wasn’t long before men on Twitter were harassing her about it.

One woman offered some advice:

But Kirkman said that approach hasn’t worked for her:

Then, Kirkman opened the floodgates:

And open they did. The stories women shared ranged from the all-too-common “tell her to smile, then act like she’s bad if she refuses” to multiple incidents demonstrating women’s bodies are presumed public property:

You’d think men in workplaces might treat women — either women they work with, or women who are there to help them — with some sort of professionalism. Not necessarily:

Some women tried to respond to their harassers, but it rarely went well:

Most, if not all, women have experienced this kind of harassment at one time or another. But it doesn’t start when they hit adulthood. It starts much, much earlier:

While many men responded just to harass Kirkman and the women she was retweeing, a few reacted with genuine surprise and concern:

On April 4, the day Kirkman spent focused on retweeting women’s stories, this happened:

Fortunately, it didn’t stay that way:

Kirkman’s new book, I Know What I’m Doing and Other Lies I Tell Myself, is out April 12.

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