Woman's creepy texts from a total stranger show the dangers of being female in public.

Sadly, many times being a woman in the world means you're treated as a walking target. Simple daily errands can quickly become complicated because of cat calling and street harassment.

Unfortunately, the expectation that women will be smiling and accommodating to the most entitled of strangers can quickly escalate into crossed boundaries and dangerous situations.

Twitter user Lynda Lorraine faced one of these situations after briefly chatting with a man on the train. From her end, their exchange was brief, uneventful, and didn't involve any exchange of contact information.


However, for him, it was an open door to stalk her online until he found her cell phone number — at which point he asked her out.

Everything about this exchange is a major breach of her boundaries.

First off, he hits her up without warning and doesn't reveal how he got her number beyond saying it was through "a friend."

via Nakia's Twin / Flickr

This of course begged the question of how this man found Lynda's friends in the first place. Also, what did he tell her "friend" to get the phone number? Most good pals wouldn't give a female friend's number out to a random dude from the train, so it's likely he lied or elaborated on their original exchange in order to get her digits.

via Nakia's Twin / Flickr

The creepy train stalker then tried to manipulate her by saying he'd only reveal how he got her number if she met up for a date. There are roughly 50 red flags in that flirting tactic alone.

When Lynda laid out just how creepy his behavior was, he predictably lashed out and insulted her.

Their exchanged ended very, very poorly, and she never found out which "friend" gave out her number.

via Nakia's Twin / Flickr

Needless to say, Lynda's followers were just as miffed by the exchange as she was.

The wildest part is this man seemed to generally think this was a smooth and romantic dating move?! That's a big yikes on multiple levels.

Rom coms have given us all unrealistic expectations of meet-cutes, and severely blurred the lines of safe and appropriate boundaries.

The biggest mystery still looming is which "friend" gave him Lynda's number.

Did he secure the number some other way and lie about the "friend?!" Did he lie to the "friend" in order to get the number, or was there some frenemy situation going on? So many questions still at hand.

Hopefully, this man isn't a full-on stalker and just has bad boundaries — because in that scenario there is hope that he'll reform his ways.

Either way, it seems prudent that Lynda shut it down and didn't take him up on the deeply manipulative date offer.

This post was originally published by our partners at someecards and was written by Bronwyn Isacc.

True

It takes a special type of person to become a nurse. The job requires a combination of energy, empathy, clear mind, oftentimes a strong stomach, and a cheerful attitude. And while people typically think of nursing in a clinical setting, some nurses are driven to work with the people that feel forgotten by society.

Keep Reading Show less

Prior to baby formula, breastfeeding was the norm, but that doesn't mean it always worked.

As if the past handful of years weren't challenging enough, the U.S. is currently dealing with a baby formula crisis.

Due to a perfect storm of supply chain issues, product recalls, labor shortages and inflation, manufacturers are struggling to keep up with formula demand and retailers are rationing supplies. As a result, families that rely on formula are scrambling to ensure that their babies get the food they need.

Naturally, people are weighing in on the crisis, with some throwing out simplistic advice like, "Why don't you just do what people did before baby formula was invented and just breastfeed?"

That might seem logical, unless you understand how breastfeeding works and know a bit about infant mortality throughout human history.

Keep Reading Show less

Courtesy of Elaine Ahn

True

The energy in a hospital can sometimes feel overwhelming, whether you’re experiencing it as a patient, visitor or employee. However, there are a few one-of-a-kind individuals like Elaine Ahn, an operating room registered nurse in Diamond Bar, California, who thrive under this type of constant pressure.

Keep Reading Show less
via Pexels

Your cat knows you better than you think.

Cats are often seen as being aloof or standoffish, even with their owners. Of course, that differs based on who that cat lives with and their lifetime of experience with humans. But when compared to man’s best friend, cats usually seem less interested in those around them, regardless of species.

However, a new study out of Japan has found that cats may be paying more attention to their fellow felines and human friends than most people thought. In fact, they could be listening to human conversations.

"What we discovered is astonishing," Saho Takagi, a research fellow specializing in animal science at Azabu University in Kanagawa Prefecture, told The Asahi Shimbun. "I want people to know the truth. Felines do not appear to listen to people's conversations, but as a matter of fact, they do."

How do we know they’re listening? Because the study shows that household cats often know the names of their human and feline friends.

Keep Reading Show less

Emily Calandrelli was stopped by TSA agents when she tried to bring her ice packs for pumped milk through airport security.

Traveling without your baby for the first time can be tough. And if you're breastfeeding, it can be even tougher, as you have to pump milk every few hours to keep your body producing enough, to avoid an enormous amount of discomfort and to prevent risk of infection.

But for Emily Calandrelli, taking a recent work trip away from her 10-week-old son was far more challenging than it needed to be.

Calandrelli is a mom of two, an aerospace engineer and the host of the Netflix kids' science show "Emily's Wonder Lab." She was recently taking her first work trip since welcoming her second child, which included a five-hour flight from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. Calandrelli is breastfeeding her son and had planned to pump just before boarding the plane. She brought ice packs to keep the milk from spoiling during the flight, but when she tried to go through airport security, the TSA agents refused to let her take some of her supplies.

Keep Reading Show less