Dear Shenani-Girl: Comic Shop Creepers
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How do I stop creepy guys from coming up to me in comic shops and asking me out for coffee or poutine?
Signed, Every Hot Girl Who’s Ever Been in a Comic Shop
Dear Every Hot Girl Who’s Ever Been in a Comic Shop,
Being a woman who’s into comics can sometimes be a little bit of a pain in the ass. It’s important to find a local comic book shop that is accepting of all people who want to read comics and supports a community of readers that will help you out if you should find yourself gaining unwanted attention.
Unfortunately sometimes that isn’t always possible and suggesting that you wear a bag on your head (like the one shown to the right) is not particularly good advice, especially since some men are more than happy to stare at other appendages.
My friend is always telling me to put up barriers to ward off some of the more unwanted attention, but there are some people who just don’t pick up on those signals. And when you want to go comic book shopping, you want to just enjoy yourself browsing and finding things to read.
If the guy who asks you for coffee and/or poutine is creepy, the obvious answer is to just say no. You can’t really do much to stop them from asking you out, so the best thing you can do is just make sure you ward him off as best as you can. If you feel uncomfortable, don’t leave the shop and wander into dark alleys… find or phone a friend, tell one of the store employees (chances are pretty good that they’ll be familiar with the creeper and will be able to talk to them for you) or pull out your Invisibility Cloak from your bag and put that shit on.
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