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Colibri
10-20-2010, 12:50 AM
I think this is probably better suited for IMHO than GQ.

Colibri
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TheChileanBlob
10-20-2010, 03:07 AM
I am a girl or woman, and I go out of my way not to step on bugs. Why kill something that never did anything to you?

kambuckta
10-20-2010, 03:24 AM
The other day I was walking through the mall and I saw something I have seen before but nver had anyone to ask why they think this occures. I have seen bugs and insects before in busy areas where alot of people are walking. I have obverved when there is a live bug in their path alot of time people tend to avoid him laying there, even if the bug has been half squished but still alive. However, I have seen where a bug had been already squashed or at least was obvious dead and he turns into a foot/shoe magnet. I have observed men tend to ignore a bug crawling that is in their path, but let it be a girl or woman and even though there is no doubt he is dead, they will go out of their way or change their stride so that they can step on the already dead bug. I have seen and been watching this for years and would like to know why girls and women sometimes does this

What a curious question.

:p

lost4life
10-20-2010, 08:09 AM
I thought this was going to be about one of those odd fetishes where women step on balloons and crush things with their heels. Surely there must be a site that specializes in women crushing bugs. Rule 34 I believe.

Ferret Herder
10-20-2010, 08:19 AM
I thought this was going to be about one of those odd fetishes where women step on balloons and crush things with their heels. Surely there must be a site that specializes in women crushing bugs. Rule 34 I believe.
Hey, you're a good guesser - this poster also resurrected a zombie thread from 2004 about weird fetishes, adding a post that her boyfriend likes watching that...

chela
10-20-2010, 08:36 AM
I purposefully stepped on a tiny house centipede one early morning at the cafe'. To be real, I had let its mother go free the day before, but this day, I was in a killing mood.

It was the worst day at work ever. I wrecked the eggs, burned myself bad, had the dropsies, got the frownies and it was a 10 shift.

The next one gets swept with a broom and tossed outside. ;)

Der Trihs
10-20-2010, 08:59 AM
I thought this was going to be about one of those odd fetishes where women step on balloons and crush things with their heels. Surely there must be a site that specializes in women crushing bugs. Rule 34 I believe.Oh, definitely. There was one of those one-week moral panics over such "crush videos" some time ago.

Freudian Slit
10-20-2010, 09:04 AM
I go out of my way not to step on them because they scare me.

Swallowed My Cellphone
10-20-2010, 11:22 AM
I have never seen anything like this. Most women I know avoid stepping on bugs, alive or dead, because they don't want bug goo on their shoes. They also avoid stepping on spit and bird poo.

IvoryTowerDenizen
10-20-2010, 11:26 AM
I am a girl or woman, and I go out of my way not to step on bugs. Why kill something that never did anything to you?

Me too. I release spider back into the wild, too.

Nzinga, Seated
10-20-2010, 03:12 PM
deleted. Poster beat me to it.

AskNott
10-20-2010, 05:20 PM
Just a hint. If you stomp a cockroach, and you see little red dots on your sole, wipe them off before you go home. Those are eggs.

Freudian Slit
10-20-2010, 06:41 PM
This is why I will never touch bugs.

Brown Eyed Girl
10-22-2010, 12:19 PM
I never go near cockroaches, alive or dead, if I can help it. When I do find myself in their (alive or dead) presence, I freak out and call for help.

Spiders are left alone to eliminate flying bugs that don't belong in my house, unless they are especially bitey or dangerous.

Other harmless bugs that don't belong in my house get relocated back to the wilds, assuming they serve no useful purpose for being in my house.

Ants, and destructive bugs, are eliminated immediately and whatever attracted them is cleaned up and/or fixed.

Out in the wilds, ticks and fleas are also dealt with harshly.

Freudian Slit
10-22-2010, 12:22 PM
Brown Eyed Girl, oh that is so me only I'm getting better. I went to college in NYC and whenever I'd see a bug, I'd cry out for suitemates or anyone around. I remember seeing one and phoning a roommate to come home.

Since living alone, I've gotten better. I've moved on from calling for help to spraying the bug and asking someone to dispose of the body to managing to get the dead body into a dustpan with a broom (which takes about fifteen to twenty minutes since I freak out even when I have to remotely touch the bug's body).

Tethered Kite
10-22-2010, 12:35 PM
Mercy killing?

That would be the only time I would kill something - if it were beyond repair.

Brown Eyed Girl
10-22-2010, 12:36 PM
Brown Eyed Girl, oh that is so me only I'm getting better. I went to college in NYC and whenever I'd see a bug, I'd cry out for suitemates or anyone around. I remember seeing one and phoning a roommate to come home.

Since living alone, I've gotten better. I've moved on from calling for help to spraying the bug and asking someone to dispose of the body to managing to get the dead body into a dustpan with a broom (which takes about fifteen to twenty minutes since I freak out even when I have to remotely touch the bug's body).

This should freak you out then: I once awoke to see a very large centipede crawling under my pillow. Damn thing had bitten me several times on my arm between my wrist and shoulder, which put it at least within inches of my face at one point. You better believe we beat that thing into a fine paste with a fireplace shovel after jumping out of bed at atomic speed.

Another time I awoke to my toddler son holding a dead cockroach just under my nose while I had been napping. I wish I didn't know that dead cockroaches smell just ghastly.

Freudian Slit
10-22-2010, 12:38 PM
You have no idea how much you've set me back in terms of conquering my phobia, do you? :D

Brown Eyed Girl
10-22-2010, 12:46 PM
You have no idea how much you've set me back in terms of conquering my phobia, do you? :D

Well, I was hoping it would do the opposite. You see, I survived -- albeit somewhat traumatized. And so would you! :)

ZipperJJ
10-22-2010, 02:42 PM
I came down the stairs at the rec center the other day to find a huge brown spider on the floor. I didn't want to step on it because I didn't want to get the bottom of my shoe all gooky then track spider guts across the white floor.

I TOTALLY thought about going to the front desk and asking the guy who works there to go take care of the spider (there were other people working, it wouldn't have caused a disturbance) but I thought twice and decided not to be such a sissy about it.

I just hope to Og that the spider doesn't come to thank me while I'm lifting weights. *shudder*

Dogzilla
10-22-2010, 03:42 PM
Bear with me, it's a long story. Hopefully, worth it.

When I was a wee pup, maybe around 4 or 5 or so, Mom packed up my sister and I to go off to Gramma's house. It was only a 45-minute drive to Gramma's, but to my 4-year-old brain, that seemed like a really, really long road trip. I had this habit of -- on road trips -- taking a blanket and laying it across the backs of the two front seats to make a little tent in the backseat. Then I'd hang out in my car tent with my book or my doll or my teddy bear or whatever amusement I'd decided to take with me to Gramma's house.

So we're driving along and I'm chilling in my little car tent, spread out across the backseats, laying on my back, watching the sky go by. My gaze shifted just a tiny bit and I noticed this enormous 12-foot juicy green grasshopper innocently sitting there on the roof of the car. It was eyeballin' me. (Okay, it wasn't 12-feet, but I was four. It was a big damn grasshopper.)

I freak out and panic and let loose the most blood-curdling, heart-stopping, terrified scream you can imagine.

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!

My mother stands on the brakes with a horrible squeal, damn near wrecks the car to get it pulled over, jumps out, leaving the car door open, and wrenches the back car door open (it was a sedan, IIRC). I'm screaming and crying and just sort of generally hysterical (because there is a giant grasshopper lookin' at ME) so it takes her a minute to calm me down enough so I could tell her what my major malfunction was.

I point at the poor grasshopper, and manage to get out, "B-b-b- buh- BUUUUUG." (Not at all unlike that chick who witnessed the shark attack in Jaws 2.) My mother rolled her eyes and used every shred of self-restraint she could muster to not smack me halfway into next week. She grabs a handful of tissues from her purse, gently picks up the grasshopper with it and removes it from the car. She gets back in and says, "Now I put it under the car tire so it will smash when we drive away and it won't be able to get you."

I will have you know, fellow Dopers, that I cried all the rest of the way to Gramma's house, thinking about how that poor bug had to die for no reason at all and what upset me more than anything was imagining the sound of the CRUNCH it would have made when the tire rolled over it.

This, my friends, is why I never step on bugs. Ever. It's not that I don't want cockroach eggs (oh dear god in heaven, did I have to read that?) or smooshed bug goo on my shoes. I don't. It's because I cannot stand the sound of smooshed bug.

That poor grasshopper.

So I am infinitely more likely to catch it in a jar or something and carefully relocate it outdoors, safe away from me and my cat where it can live a full and productive life doing buggy things.

P.S. You can imagine my reaction when I'm in the shower and I see one of those damn brown wolf spiders in the shower stall with me? :eek:

SeaDragonTattoo
10-22-2010, 09:10 PM
Female here. I don't hesitate to smash bugs in my home. But outside on the sidewalk I step over them or go around. They have to deal with the dire consequences of invading my home, but outside is everybody's place, more theirs, really.

Peeta Mellark
10-22-2010, 10:12 PM
Hey, you're a good guesser - this poster also resurrected a zombie thread from 2004 about weird fetishes, adding a post that her boyfriend likes watching that...

And now we have a thread that's getting women to talk about stepping on bugs in order to prove the OP wrong.