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Why Do Women Choose To Be Stuck With A Bear Over A Man In The Woods? Debate Over Hypothetical Question Explained

Would you rather be stuck in the woods with a man or a bear? The hypothetical question has recently gone viral on TikTok and X, and to many people's surprise, an apparent majority of women agree that getting stuck with a bear is a safer option. Where does the question come from, how did it go viral, and why do so many women choose getting trapped with a bear over a man — learn all of this in this brief explainer.

Echo -☀ @TheEcho13 I find it amusing that men are in a flustered panic because they told women to 'just pick better' so women picked the bear. . • 10:59 PM Apr 27, 2024 1.9M Views

What Is The 'Man or Bear in the Woods' Question?

The "man or bear in the woods" is a hypothetical question offering a choice between being stuck in the woods with a random man or a bear. The question is primarily meant for women and is usually phrased the following way:

Would you rather be stuck in the woods with a man or a bear?

Who Started The Bear Vs. Man In The Woods Debate?

On March 19th, 2024, TikTok user @callmebkbk posted a video in which they responded to another user's argument that encountering a man in the woods was less scary than encountering a bear. In his response, @callmebkbk @callmebkbk argued that some man could do worse things to a woman than a bear. Later that day, TikTok user @thottimami69420 also posted a TikTok based on the question from the previous video, replying that she would pick a bear and explaining her reasoning.

You see, for a man the question "Is there anything worse than death?" is debatable, but it's not debatable for women.

When Did The Bear vs. Man Debate Go Viral?

While several other users on TikTok made videos about the question in late March 2024, the debate did not become fully viral until April 10th, 2024, when TIkTok account @screenshothq posted a street interview video in which several women were asked the question. Out of eight women in the video, seven replied that they would pick a bear over a man, with only one going for the other option. The video went viral, garnering over 14 million views on TikTok in three weeks.

One hundred percent a bear, which is terrifying to say, but….

The video was followed by viral reactions on TikTok, with more users giving their answers and reasoning behind them, and reacting to the interview video, and with an apparent majority of women agreeing that picking a bear is a safer option.

Moreover, in late April, the discourse moved over to X / Twitter, where more users shared their opinions on the matter.

What Are Women Saying About Choosing A Bear Over A Man?

Those who replied that they would rather be stuck with a bear than a man in the woods have provided various reasons for their choice, but some points were made by multiple users. Many women expressed fear that some men could do worse things to them than getting mauled by bear, listing sexual assault and kidnapping among them. Others pointed out that bears are more predictable than men, as their behavior is commanded by instinct.

Vulturecorpse Worst thing bear can do is kill me 3-20 146.9K Reply View 970 replies ✓ Onnie B No bear is going to hold me in a basement for 20 years! 3-19 251.1K View 212 replies ✓ lildelicious69 Reply A bear will not seek my suffering 3-19 130.1K View 453 replies capo! Reply "a bear can be reasoned with" is so scary 3-19 119.4K View 280 replies ✓ the_madcatter Reply Exactly. The bear isn't out to hurt anyone from malice it's just being a bear. 3-19 142K Reply View 157 replies

On April 25th, 2024, X user @MadisonKittay posted a slideshow of headlines about men murdering their romantic partners or interests, commenting, "THIS IS WHY WOMEN CHOOSE THE BEAR," explaining why some women prefer the "bear" answer over the "man" option.

For the full history of man or bear in the woods question, be sure to check out Know Your Meme's encyclopedia entry for more information.

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