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May 16, 2024 5 mins

This question to women has taken the internet by storm: "If you were hiking alone, would you rather encounter an unknown man or a bear?"

The majority is answering bear... 

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Speaker 1 (00:00):
So, Katie, have you or any of your female friends
been engaging in this man or bear meme that were
like a month behind.

Speaker 2 (00:06):
On yes or no? O?

Speaker 1 (00:08):
Big eye roll, huge eye roll. Okay, I'll set it
up here and then you can you can get into it.

Speaker 2 (00:14):
Eye roll followed by the headshake of disgust.

Speaker 3 (00:18):
This is the dumbest thing that's hit the Internet in
a while.

Speaker 1 (00:20):
But go ahead, Jack, Well, we're way behind, and I
apologize if you're like, that's that's so yesterday's news, because
from what I understand, this has been the hot topic
for quite a few weeks.

Speaker 2 (00:30):
But we're old and slow. So it's a very simple question.

Speaker 1 (00:35):
If you're a woman hiking alone in the woods, would
you rather encounter an unknown man or unknown bear? Would
you rather encounter a strange a dude you don't know,
or a bear? And depending on which social media venue
you're on, but it ranges from well over majority on
all of them, two thirds to eighty five percent of
the women say absolutely bear, Absolutely bear, I'd rather run

into a bear than a dude out in the woods alone.
First of all, what if you of your friends thought,
And then I'll get into some of the higher level
sociology commentary around it.

Speaker 3 (01:09):
I have not brought this up to my circle of
friends because the ones that would know about it are
going to be the ones that would say bear. This
is the dumbest thing on the planet. I don't know
why you would want to encounter a bear. I don't have.

Speaker 2 (01:23):
You not heard of male toxicity? Oh?

Speaker 4 (01:27):

Speaker 2 (01:27):
You know a break?

Speaker 3 (01:29):
Really, you would rather encounter a wild bear while you're
out on a hike than passing some dude you don't know.

Speaker 1 (01:35):
That's where we are. That is where we are, and
I think we actually are there. Obviously there would be
a certain amount of jerkin with people or polsters. It's
not really a pole, just a question posted on TikTok
or whatever. But people kind of get a kick out
of saying bear. But the fact that people get a
kick out of saying bear, I find troubling that you

just you like this idea that men are so awful
and dangerous that I'd.

Speaker 2 (02:03):
Rather be eaten by a bear.

Speaker 1 (02:04):
Like a lot of the most common sort of comment
is if a bear eats me, at least it's going
to be quick and easy a man. All the horrible
things a man might do to me, Oh be much
worse than being eaten by a bear is kind of
the common theme among the eighty percent of women who.

Speaker 2 (02:18):
Feel that way.

Speaker 4 (02:19):
My concern is that this might erode bear awareness, but
that's just me.

Speaker 3 (02:24):
Just let all of the women who said bear encounter
a bear.

Speaker 2 (02:28):
That'll be great.

Speaker 1 (02:30):
I have had a couple reactions in the last few years, though,
where women in recoiled in horror from the most casual
like approach your conversation.

Speaker 2 (02:41):
That didn't used to happen.

Speaker 1 (02:43):
I feel like I don't know what's being taught to
young women about how afraid you should be of men
in public or what.

Speaker 2 (02:51):
But you look like a serial killer. That's most of it.

Speaker 1 (02:54):
But I've always looked like a serial killer, and I
didn't always get this reaction.

Speaker 3 (02:57):
Yeah, Joe stole part one of my answer.

Speaker 2 (02:59):
Part two.

Speaker 3 (03:00):
This is the Internet. The Internet is doing this, the
TikTok algorithms, the Instagram algorithms. Anytime you go on there,
this bear man thing has been all over the place,
and it is it's the This is the dumbest comparison.
I'm my blood pressure is going up. If you can't
tell the fact that this is like the main it

was trending on every social media outlet you can imagine,
and the top videos that you clicked on were all
women talking about how they would much rather encounter a bear,
and then firing off all the lists of reasons why
they wouldn't want to encounter a man, which is stupid.
And then you get all the kids that echo that.

Speaker 4 (03:39):
I think, yeah, yah, just the whole framework where you're
you're answering one question with an answer that's meant to
express who you are and what you're concerned about and
how you believe in toxic masculinity and all.

Speaker 2 (03:55):
I just if you want to.

Speaker 4 (03:56):
Say something, say something, Yeah, I don't know, I just
this annoys me. It's it's another example of if you're
going to be accepted as an as a progressive, you've
got to hate the United States. You've got to be
self hating, especially if you're white people. That's like your uh,
that's your bona fide D Can you use that in singular?

Speaker 2 (04:17):
I don't know. That's how you prove that you're worthy
of respect.

Speaker 4 (04:21):
Self hatred and look, I get it as the father
of a couple of daughters that you know there's there's
some risk.

Speaker 2 (04:29):
In encountering a man in the wild. But it's just
a silly question. A bear's a freaking wild piece.

Speaker 1 (04:34):
What would you put the you're you'regging like high?

Speaker 2 (04:39):
But I was, but I was thinking about this.

Speaker 1 (04:41):
What would you put the percentage of if you're just
gonna encounter a random dude in the likelihood it's somebody
awful that's going to do you harm, it's going to
be low single digits.

Speaker 2 (04:50):
Yeah, I would think so two percent. Yeah, maybe I
think that would be high. Even so, what are we
talking about?

Speaker 1 (04:56):
It's nuts, stupid arm Strong and Getty
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