The #MeToo movement is encouraging more women to come out and share their experiences with sexual abuse and instances of discomfort at the hands of men.
This has prompted some men to come out and claim that innocent things like flirting and “talking” with women were now off the table. Some men have claimed #MeToo has “blurred the lines” between flirting and sexual harassment.
It is, many have said, a damaging narrative that pits men against women, and it lacks empathy.
The story of a woman on a train is restoring people’s hope.
A woman on a train in America describes the moment a man called Michael saw that she was uncomfortable and stepped in to help her after another man wouldn't stop harassing her.
Writing on Reddit, she began: “I got on the 1 train here, and a man got on after me. (this happens everywhere) I had my keys between my hands but barely noticeable [sic] because this guy has been standing behind me the whole 6 minutes i waited for the train. (calling me baby etc,) I sat down and he sat over me holding the bar. and I felt so anxious like throwing up so I stood up near a bunch of other people holding the rail.”
It was at that moment, she says, another man noticed her discomfort.
Then this guy says to me "Hey Lauren. you going to Jeffs dinner party too?" I was confused for a sec because he was staring at me and my name isn't Lauren. It took me like 10 seconds to even realise what he was doing. I said yeah. And he said 'perfect timing we can walk together. What stop were you going to get off on" and I told him. Then he says look what Jeff texted me and handed me the notes app which had 'are you ok?' and he kind of moved to side so i could write in it.
The woman told the stranger that the man was following her, and he “ended up getting off my stop with me and walked me all the way to my friend’s apartment.”
When he was suppose to get off at 103. The guy soon left mostly because this guy was way bigger than him thankfully. I have never been in a spot like that and I always told myself what I'd do in a situation like that but I just froze and shut down.
Now, she wants to thank the man, who made noticed that she was unsafe and decided to help her.
I am so thankful men like him are out there and aware of situations like that. In New York most people really keep to themselves so thank you very much Michael. Wherever you are. I am sorry I made you late. But you were like my guardian angel.
People are applauding Michael for his quick thinking support
“Good man,” one Reddit user wrote.
“Sometimes,” another added, “even eye contact from a guy with a concerned/questioning expression on his face will make me feel like somebody has my back in that kind of situation.
“Him taking the extra step with you was an awesome thing to read.”
A third woman said:
There are good men out there! I'm so relieved you found one that had your back!