As a woman, I can tell you right now that when I am sweaty, tired and panting at the gym I don’t want anyone even looking at me. Let alone trying to hit on me. I am in my zone (okay, I am suffering but you know what I mean.) I’ll probably have my headphones on, my favorite podcast playing and I am on my way to being a fit goddess!
Okay, I might have gotten ahead of myself. I’m just trying to keep my body from getting too out of control. But there are people out there who are fit goddesses. I’ve seen them, they exist. I’m not one, but they’re out there.
But we both have one thing in common. Neither one of us wants any sort of unwelcome attention from sleazy guys while we’re at the gym. Especially not the real-life version of those guys who DM you on Instagram looking to ‘get some action.’
A woman on Twitter seems to share my sentiment since she’s found a pretty creative solution to keep unwanted attention at bay. And it involves bodily gas.
Yes, it’s farting.
Olivia Cole, a Kentucky author, posted a series of tweets which showed an interaction between two young women and a man in the gym.
GUYS. Just now. In gym.
*guy approaches two women working out, with flirtatious eyebrows at the ready*
Girl 1: UH you might not want to come over here, dude. I just farted. It’s bad.
Guy: *looks horrified. leaves.*
Girl 2: omg did you really?
Girl 1: psh no.
— Olivia A. Cole (@RantingOwl) January 10, 2018
Cole went on to express her surprise at how creative and refined the technique is. Especially for someone so young.
And she was only like 21. The CREATIVITY. THE FINESSE.
— Olivia A. Cole (@RantingOwl) January 11, 2018
The tweet managed to get 23,000 retweets and 133,000 likes. But not everyone thought the interaction was real.
I’ll take didn’t happen for 200.
— artie (@art1e) January 13, 2018
I guess I can understand how guys might think that’s not true. But women, who have most likely have had to deal with an overly chatty guy and unwanted attention, we get it.
Ugh where was this tip when I was still going to Planet Fitness😫 Now, I just use the treadmill at home
— Thuy Linh (@honeybunnytwee) January 11, 2018
Girl 1 is my hero!
— SaraTheBrown (@SaraTheBrown) January 13, 2018
I will eat the hugest bowl of cheddar-smothered broccoli, beans, & rice before every workout if this works even HALF of the time. Someone verify this for me. pic.twitter.com/2nFd354OjS
— Valerie Hall Stinnett (@Noobvember) January 12, 2018
And of course, just proving the woman’s point, this man got quite offended she did not want to be approached.
Not sure how this type of behavior is acceptable. Why can’t you tell the guys in the gym in a respectful manner that you do not want to be approached while your working out?
Women talk about being respected, but your behavior seems undeserving of it.
— Billy D Williams (@Danni71112901) January 15, 2018
I mean, I get both points of view, to a certain extent. I know that a lot of guys might just want a simple, friendly conversation. But if you’ve never been approached by someone you didn’t want to and they aren’t getting the hint you aren’t interested, you won’t understand.