Louisa Manning was often the target of cruel harassment by her classmates. They would call her “hairy” and “Manbeast, ” and they would make fun of her weight and her hair.
For years, she suffered tremendously. But when she was a 22-year-old student at Oxford University, she was approached by a man who wanted to meet her for a date.
She quickly recognized him as one of her main tormentors during her younger years. She didn’t let on that she knew him and decided to accept his date to meet at a restaurant.
On the night of the date, as the young man sat in the restaurant waiting for her, a waitress delivered a note to him.
It read: Hey sorry I can’t join you tonight. Remember when I was fat and you made fun of my weight? No? I do – I spent the following three years eating less than an apple a day. So I’ve decided to skip dinner. Remember how every day for three years, you and your friends called me manbeast?
No, perhaps you don’t – or you wouldn’t have seen how I looked eight years later and deemed me (screwable) enough to treat me like a human being. I thought I’d send you this photo as a reminder.
Next time you think of me, picture that girl in this photo because she’s the one who just stood you up. Signed, Louisa.
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