The Worst Response to Romantic Rejection

If you think your holiday season has been rough, you'll probably change your mind after you hear about the woman whose house was burned down by a man she rejected on Facebook just three days before Christmas. James Graham, a 37 year old Kentucky resident, was indicted on Tuesday for breaking into Joanie Yount's house where she and her three-year-old son resided and setting the house on fire, all because she wouldn't respond to the uncomfortable Facebook comments he was leaving on her photos. There was such extensive damage done to the house that Yount and her son couldn't return and stayed with family for Christmas.

Though men have notoriously done really scary things when rejected by women, it's pretty rare that someone will actually physically get hurt after an online rejection. What's not rare, however, is for men to harass and threaten women online after being rejected, especially on online dating sites like OK Cupid and Tinder, but also over other non-dating social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or text message. Threats on social media are almost like the online version of being cat-called: it's done to assert dominance and masculinity, violates a woman's space and safety, and is a threat to women for just being women. Someone needs to teach these men that women do not owe them a response.