Here’s something I’ve seen happen among autistic folks. I think it probably happens in other groups too.
- Someone is subjected to a lot of social violence
- People don’t want to talk to them because they’re autistic and weird
- People mock the idea that people like them could ever be a good friend or partner
- They’re very lonely and isolated as a result of social violence and discrimination
Then, as they’re figuring out that social violence is bad, this leads to an entitlement mentality:
- They think that, since discrimination is wrong, other people owe it to them to be their friends
- or to consider dating them
- Or not to consider things associated with their stigmatized group dealbreaking (eg: if an autistic person who doesn’t understand social cues violates boundaries a lot)
- And they get angry at people who reject them
- And act like they’re doing something wrong
- And then invasively try to explain why the person they want to be friends with is wrong and really should be their friend
- and then persists, even after the other person has clearly said no
It really doesn’t work that way, though. No one has to be your friend. No one has to date you. No means no, even when it is motivated by bigotry or misunderstanding.
And it’s a lot easier to find good friends and partners if you stop pursuing people against their will.