Jessica Fernandez: Twitch streamer films man staring at her ‘like a piece of meat’ at the gym

A female Twitch streamer has gone viral after posting a video of a “wild” gymnast looking “like a piece of meat” during a workout.

Jessica Fernandez, a video game and lifestyle content creator with nearly 56,000 followers on Twitch and 10,000 subscribers on YouTube, posted the video on Twitter last week where it has since been viewed 2.6 million times.

“This guy kept making me extremely uncomfortable at the gym,” she wrote.

“That’s why I’ll end up crying in the stream [because] Sometimes I get really upset with the amount of sexualization I experience. We hope this will spread awareness of girls experiencing this type of treatment at the gym.”

In the video, Fernandez is lifting weights while a man can be seen in the background staring at her repeatedly.

“Stupid piece of shit behind me,” he whispers into the microphone. “I hate it. I hate when strangers are around. It makes me so uncomfortable. Feral, feral, feral, feral, like, f***ing feral.”

Later in the video, the man approaches her and offers to help put the weight on her bar.

“Do you want to wear it?” he asks

She replies, “You don’t have to do that, it’s fine. I understand, thanks, though.”

After he leaves, she continues to rant to the camera, “What part of me working alone looks like I’m a damsel in distress?”

Fernández explained on Twitter that the man’s gaze “triggered my flight or fight and my response to previous traumas.”

“I was completely fine until he followed me to my squat rack in the corner of the gym,” she said.

One Twitter user responded: “I don’t understand how hard it is to mind your own business, people aren’t in the gym to be stared at or hit on makes no sense.”

Another said: “Staring at the gym is 100% normal, it annoys me, but what are people supposed to be looking at? The floor? Walking and lifting weights… now that’s not normal.”

However, several social media users claimed she was wrong.

“Girls like this go to the gym just to chase influence and be toxic. This man did nothing wrong. And he hides comments that call her out. Really weak for someone who goes to the gym,” a said the woman.

daily thread host Matt Walsh wrote: “I watched the whole video. The guy watches a few times, probably wondering why it’s being recorded. Then he comes over and offers to help her pick up the weights. She declines, he says: “Oh, okay,” and off he goes. The end. She’s the problem here, not him.”

She added: “Ladies, if you’re wondering why you’re not dating any decent men it might be because they’re afraid of being publicly shamed as a predator if they even look your way. Or god forbid they try to talk to you.

Responding to suggestions he overreacted, Fernandez claimed many people had taken the video “out of context”.

“I found a squat area in the corner of the gym,” he wrote in a long thread.

“He followed me there right after I did it [reverse dead lifts]. There were plenty of ab machines to use, but she chose one that didn’t do her workout half the time. The mirror only looked at me and not the whole gym, so I didn’t look around, there was nothing but a mirror in my direction.

“I’m constantly harassed by men in public spaces when I show even an inch of skin, so yes, I do get annoyed when they stare for disturbing amounts of time. I’m not looking for views or clicks. I just posted this to spread awareness of how disturbing can make a woman feel that she is being looked at.

“I don’t think it’s a bad thing to look at someone once and be like a pretty girl, but personally I put on my headphones, HIDE from my business and make sure I look unapproachable because I’m just there to film gym vlogs and work out .progression in the gym.

“I wouldn’t do this for attention at all. I don’t trust random strangers, no one should, don’t you know their intentions?”

“I can see how this makes me look like I have an inflated ego, but I’m an attractive girl in a standard sense of beauty and I get a lot of sexual harassment online and it causes trusted strangers who approach me to trigger my trauma , that’s why I’m answering here.

“I’m also extremely anti-social and being picked on is never a compliment to me. I don’t like being approached, I haven’t dated in a year because I despise being sexualised.

“It happens anyway and I get frustrated. Is it normal for girls to feel this way because it happens A LOT?

Originally published as Woman, she films a man looking at her “like a piece of meat” in the gym

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