by Gena Kaufman
photo by Grant CornettThis week's headlines appear to showcase a hot new trend: Ladies, fed up with the appalling behavior of certain dudes, are not quietly rolling their eyes anymore. They're taking to the Internet to Call. Them. Out. Emphasis because they're doing it in a major way.
Exhibit A: The Pennsylvania woman who endured a two-hour train ride listening to a cheating husband brag to his friends about his multiple affairs. She got so sick of listening to his vulgar talk that she snapped his photo and posted it on her Facebook page along with the caption: "If this is your husband, I have endured a 2 hour train ride from Philadelphia listening to this loser and his friends brag about their multiple affairs and how their wives are too stupid to catch on. Oh please repost ... "
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It's been shared at least 183,000 times. No word on whether it's been shared with the guy's wife, and I can't decide for her sake if I hope it has, or hasn't.
Exhibit B: The Let's Date user who received an unsolicited d*ck pic from a fellow dater she was texting. After she expressed how offended she was, he called her a prude and said "no wonder your [sic] single," she found his Facebook page (an unforeseen benefit of a site like Let's Date that verifies identities through social media) and forwarded the photo...
To his mother. She said she felt his mom should know how he was treating women. According to one site, she hasn't received a response.
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So, what do we think of this practice of calling guys out like this? It's certainly a good reminder of the power of the Internet. And I have to say, if you are bragging about how your wife doesn't know about your affairs, in a public place like a train, well...you're really tempting fate, buddy. And also, you're heartless. And as for the d*ck pic guy, well, sending unsolicited naked photos is bad enough on its own, but combined with his completely inappropriate response, I can see why the recipient was ready to call him out.
On the other hand, I feel bad for the people who have to suffer for this through no fault of their own. Like that wife, who in addition to finding out her husband is cheating might also find out that hundreds of thousands of people know about it. Maybe it's better that she knows, but I can't help but hurt for her for the public airing of her private matters. But I guess her husband was already doing that. Ugh!
What do you think ladies? Did these guys deserve it? Would you do the same?
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by Gena Kaufman