Thanks Kate for sending in this skin-crawling story:
“I’ve now had three rape jokes made at me on first dates. This one is my ‘favourite’:
Me: “I’m not sure going for a walk in an isolated spot by a river is so advisable, really”
Him: “What, you think I’m going to attack you or something?”
Me: (Very uncomfortable laugh) “Ha… er, well, no, but…”
Him “Well, there would be one problem with raping you, wouldn’t there? You see, if I rape you now, you’ll be wise to me next time, and then I’ll only get to have sex with you once.”
Me: (rather flabbergasted but trying for scathing) “Oh right, so you’re playing the long game then?”
Him: (apparently pleased to discover we’re on the same page) “Yeah, that’s right!”
That’s right, guys dating ladies: If in doubt, put her at ease with a rape joke. I never saw him again. I am also reviewing my protocol for sarcasm deployment. It clearly ain’t foolproof.”
Thanks Kate. I’m astounded that anyone would consider that a winning line on a first date. Or any date. Or any social situation.
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