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_refugee_  ·  2157 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why Women Smile At The Men Who Sexually Harass Them

And I mean, like, also, let's consider what the other options are, anyway. So you're getting harassed. You can try...

- escalating the situation by reacting aggressively/in a confrontational manner

- ignoring it

- de-escalating by smiling, etc.

- fleeing

What are your other options? Escalating by bringing other people into it?

In other words, women smile because it's possibly the best option out of a pile of shit options.