"Ready for dinner"
I’ve already mentioned my concern about the messages the “Twilight” series sends to young girls — i.e., that “true love” involves things like ignoring a man’s history of extreme violence and warnings that he wants to hurt you in particular; accepting his frequent insults as expressions of concern for your well-being; and finding it romantic when he breaks into your bedroom to watch you sleep, among other things — but I confess I’d never given any thought to the messages it might be sending to grown men. Like that teenaged girls would like you to bite them.
That’s the message one Michigan guy took from it, anyway. At a Friday showing of “New Moon,” he sat directly in front of Erin Westrate and her friends, and throughout the film, she says, he would occasionally “lean back and make a sexual comment that was very unnecessary and not needed.” (Point of clarification: There is no such thing as a necessary sexual comment between a grown man and teenage girls.) On the way out of the movie, “he grabbed [Westrate] by the back of the hair and pulled her down and bit her on the neck.” Whether you’re a high school student or a professional writer, I’m pretty sure the only appropriate response to that is, OMGWTF?
The bite didn’t break Westrate’s skin, but not surprisingly, the dude freaked her right out — and that wasn’t even the end of it. The man also followed her to the parking lot and watched her get in her car to drive away. In an interview with her local ABC affiliate (video below), Westrate said, “He was just, like, smiling at me — it was so creepy, it wasn’t even funny. That’s not right. I know that’s not right.”
Police are now looking for the creep, who faces assault charges.
Kate Harding is the co-author of "Lessons From the Fatosphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce With Your Body" and has been a regular contributor to Salon's Broadsheet.More Kate Harding.