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Why do random people touch me?

May 12, 2023

I’ve had people mainly guys around my age who I don’t know at all, come up to me and like squeeze my shoulders and grips my biceps, people also touch my backpack and grab my hair. I just find it really creepy that people feel they have the right to walk up to someone they don’t know and touch them in weird ways. Like I legit have no clue who these random guys are. Even my friends like grab or pat my on the shoulders and someone said “damn these shoulders.” Like what in the world is going on bro 💀😭 I don’t want random people touching me at all.

Like I’m honestly not sure if it’s considered sexual assault or not but it definitely is just really creepy and weird.

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Title Why do random people touch me?
Author DishPiggy
Upvotes 14
Comments 6
Date May 12, 2023 3:05 AM UTC (6 months ago)
Subreddit /r/MenSupportMen
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[–]Arguesovereverythin 14 points15 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

I don't think anyone here can explain why random strangers walk up to you and squeeze your biceps. That sounds incredibly odd and would weird me out too.

A stern "Please don't touch me." followed by a swat with a rolled up newspaper might be appropriate here.

[–]Desserts_i_stresseD 4 points5 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Is OP Johnny Bravo and doesn't know it? All jokes aside, this is strange behavior if it happens from literal strangers regularly. Maybe you just have an approachable appearance? Some visible tattoos and black clothing might help deter people. Otherwise just ask them quickly and politely not to touch you. If they continue, say it firmly, and if they don't stop you can shove them off you.

[–]Yesyesnaaooo 11 points12 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

I hate to break it to you - but have you considered that you might just be really really attractive?

[–]TheColorblindDruid [score hidden]  (0 children) | Copy Link

Still fucked up

[–]Cyb3rd31ic_Citiz3n 7 points8 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Not saying it's alright for them to do this, but it's probably because they find you attractive and approachable (emotionally, physically or spiritually).

You can tell them that you don't want them to touch you (be polite).

If they continue tell them firmly, no.

If they continue, take it to your immediate manager or superior and put in a complaint. No one is entitled to your body, bro

[–]ZulutheZebra 3 points4 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

It is a bit unusual that it happens regularly in public; in a friend group it’s more understandable. With my friends it’s not unusual for me to comment on how they are looking fit etc, usually as a conversation starter or if I notice they are working hard in the gym. I definitely don’t touch them though unless I’m drunk, and that’s more of a side shoulder hug when I’m really far gone and they just laugh usually.

Strangers feeling you up is not cool though; my suggestion would be to ask one of these strangers why they felt comfortable enough or forward enough to touch you. Most of the people will get awkward but I’ll bet a few of them will tell you what’s causing it; my guess is it’s a vibe you are subconsciously giving off. Either way once you pinpoint the cause you can take steps to have it not happen any more.

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