A commuter videotaped 41-year-old George Simpson Jr. masturbating behind the wheel. The video shows him maneuvering the bus through heavy traffic and the Lincoln Tunnel while pleasuring himself on June 24.
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It's a great story, and the writer was courageous, but in the full post, he reveals that he was expecting to get his ass kicked.
He's a *writer.*
If anyone else has any ideas on what conversational direction to take as a guy intervening in situations like this, I would certainly appreciate hearing them.
So much for all those find love on light rail articles (weren't there about 20 of them) that SLOG and STP foisted on us...no, please tell us more about No Pants days.
Not that it matters, these three people are clearly in some No Exit version of hell...where each time the harasser gets close to getting his date, the writer pops out to ruin it and the beauty sinks down into her seat and turns up the volume.
The only thing that could possibly be worse on the trip is if George Zimmerman got on the next stop, brandishing a Glock, and telling 911 that he was about to "protect his train".
My thing about street harassment is this: there needs to be a consequence for it. The reason it keeps happening is because men like to get their jollies doing something they KNOW is wrong, but no one will call them to account for.
He recognized a common narrative playing out and disrupted it for the good. Actually a fairly easy thing to do. Though I'll grant the first few times you do it it feels really scary and ballsy.
I can't believe you "have to" explain it to me either. Nor can anyone else who has a sense of humor.
But looking for love on transit is clearly hopeless...if you depend on someone else willing being around, but the DIYer has a differing approach...
New Jersey Bus Driver Caught Masturbating On Video
And here's some tips from Vitaly:
When he finally says "I don't want to buy ANYTHING," switch to "negging" him and tell him he doesn't have the financial skills to be a real investor, then offer him a chance to join you in an investment scheme.
It should become clear to him that incessant PUA nagging is tons of fun!
Although I don't understand Italian it was obvious what was going on, and now occasionally, I stick up for girls being harassed.
But since at 63, I occasionally still get sexually harassed in public, I'd welcome anyone else who'd stick up for me.
I understand the concept of white knighting, but it often seems stretched to include any decent act of kindness extended toward a woman. It vaguely reminds me of high school. Back then, I was surprised to discover I had a reputation as a slut. I was a virgin, a deeply closeted lesbian (even to myself), and had a single, nearly-platonic relationship with an on-and-off boyfriend. When I asked how the hell I came to have that reputation, I was told it was because I talked with a lot of guys. Not flirtatiously, I just spoke with them. It was apparently too mind-blowing to believe I'd be interested in talking with people regardless of gender. The over-extension of the white knighting accusation feels frustratingly similar.
You're totally right: just mind your own business, no matter how uncomfortable that person is. Totally right.
Wait, sorry: I meant dumb. Totally dumb. But if I see you being harassed in public, I definitely won't stick up for you. Deal?
Not saying there's something wrong with defending someone being harassed. Far from it. But his little notes about how she was reading an ASOIAF book like that's an unusual thing these days, that he'd get sympathy sex at home if the guy beat him up, the canned dialogue, the too much wit in the moment, the mouthed thanks from the victim, and his self-congratulatory way of telling the story pretty much gives it away as Didn't Happen Nearly That Way territory. In any case, there are better ways to deal with people like this than throwing a bunch of gay at them.
If anything I'd rather he wrote a social commentary piece on people who act this way, or a story involving something he witnessed with characters other than himself, rather than a story about what he did BECAUSE HE'S A WRITER embellished with details about how attractive she was and how big the other guy was and how she was totally reading a nerdy fantasy book you guys (which really isn't nerdy considering it's a massive crossover hit). But I guess I can't be surprised when a guy who makes SURE you know he's a writer inserts himself into a story full of cliche details.