Men: If you ever wondered why a woman would be reluctant to accept your help, watch this.
Do me a favor: This scenario is going to feel tense the whole way through. But think about why that is.Warning: includes depictions of a situation that might be triggering to survivors of sexual assault, stalking, or harassment.
This video shows a utopia where a woman can do what she did with no problem, a place where men are always helpful and polite, and a woman is always safe. It does a good job of showing why women feel scared even when guys are trying to be helpful. Not all men are like the men in the video, and women know that, but a woman doesn't know a man's intentions when she first encounters them.
If you watched this video and kept thinking, "Why is she talking to them!? Why didn't she just call her mom!? Why did she let them give her a ride!?!?" the way you're feeling is how victim-blaming happens. She had no choice, really, but to accept help from these men. And if they hadn't been helpful, it would not have been her fault. Remember that.