Surprisingly enough, men barking at women is a common enough occurrence that women have turned to the internet to seek the answers of this mysterious, manly ritual. It’s something that usually happens when a woman is outside, walking or riding her bike. You know, when she’s busy minding her own damn business.
Then, the unmistakable sound of someone barking. Not a dog bark, definitely, but an adult human male making the most ridiculous public display of himself: barking. Whether you’re walking past a group of men or getting woofed at through the open window of a passing car, the experience of getting barked at by a grown man can be just as confusing as it is disempowering and humiliating.
Don’t worry, it’s not you. There are only a few reasons that guys will lose all semblance of human speech and begin primitively barking when they see a woman. Trust me, almost none of the reasons have to do with you as a person.
1. Well, first double check that he’s not actually a dog!
Dogs barking at you when you’re walking down the street usually meant that they’re either warning you to stay away, or that they’re super excited and want to be your friend.
So, you’re going to want to make sure that the guy barking at you while you’re trying to get from home to work, or if you’re cooling down from your job, isn’t just actually an innocent pup with a strange sounding bark. Maybe you were innocently mistaken.
Maybe, that large, strange man who barked at you, was actually a large, strange dog. Mistakes happen all the time! You could totally be wrong. You’ll want to double-check to make sure. Is it a dog? No? Damn.
2. He might think you’re the dog, which in this case doesn’t actually mean a four legged excitable bundle of joy
Barking at a woman often means that the guy doing the barking thinks that the woman in question is ugly. Men who think that strange women care what they have to say while walking down the street tend to think that their limited, myopic opinion on a woman’s appearance matters.
Thankfully, their opinions actually tend to be completely and totally wrong 100% of the time. So, when a guy barks at you, he probably thinks you’re ugly. But, like I said, the type of guy who gives his unsolicited opinion in the form of an imitation of animal noises, isn’t likely to have an opinion worth listening to.
“Ugly” here can mean a plethora of things, anyway, such as: you’re a woman existing in her natural state of some jeans and a t-shirt with your hair in a pony tail. Woof.
3. He doesn’t actually have an opinion on your appearance at all, but gets off on the rush of making strange women uncomfortable.
Very few men probably know what it feels like to be minding your own business and then have a group of people who are statistically more likely to be bigger and stronger, start barking at you for no reason. Lacking this important perspective on how it feels to be on the receiving end of a mysterious bark, there are some men who just get off on the idea of disrupting a woman’s day.
These men are not even worth your time. They want to see you upset. The entire point of them barking at you is to give them a power rush by making you feel powerless to stop them. The best thing you can do is completely ignore them. By taking away your reaction, you take away any fun that they’re having woofing at strangers on the street.
There you have it. A guy will bark at a woman for one of three reasons: he’s actually a dog, he thinks his opinion on your appearance matters, or he’s a jerk on a power trip. Like I said, any reasons that a man has to will willingly woof at a woman, will have absolutely nothing to do with anything that the woman in question is doing.
Next time a guy barks at you from down the street, or out the window of a car, steadfastly ignore him. Nothing ruins the fun of a guy like that faster than women not giving them the satisfaction of a reaction.