After only two days working at a haunted house, I have already noticed something interesting: many people respond to fear, especially fear caused by a woman, with sexual harassment. Although I have heard of a few women doing it to the male actors, it seems to be mostly men doing it to female actors. For instance, my costume is not very form fitting and is rather pointedly masculine, and in the dark and with full face makeup most people assume I’m a guy until I laugh or speak. Most people are just scared but sometimes, once I’ve said something, male guests will say something like, “Oh, dude, you’re a girl. Hey, sexy,” or, “Can I get your number, baby?” etc. They’re often still obviously scared- hunkering down, voice trembling, running away, that sort of thing- but seem to pull out harassment almost reflexively. Many of the other actresses in obviously female costumes* have told me that they get hit on almost constantly by male guests.
(*Some of the costumes other female actors are in- especially the clowns- are fairly androgynous or, occasionally, masculine.)
As to women doing it, it definitely seems more intentional. In one room I was with two other actors- one woman and one man- and I wasn’t speaking or laughing. Many of the guests obviously thought I was a man, as they referred to me with masculine pronouns (i.e., “Did you see him?!”). One lady completely ignored the other female actor and looked both the male actor and I in the eyes and told us we were “hot” or “a babe” before turning to her companion and saying, “They’re not as scary if you tell them they’re sexy.” One of the male actors reported to me that something similar happened to him two or three times, but not nearly as often as he heard men hitting on the actresses near him.
Interestingly, when I didn’t speak at all and people thought I was a man, I mostly got entreaties, both from men and women. (Things like, “Oh man, please don’t watch/follow me!” Or “Please don’t do anything else!”)