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I was walking half a block from a parking lot in shockoe bottom to a club on 18th street. it was star wars night, so i was dressed as ‘sexy vader’ in a corset, a skirt, long gloves, and lady gaga-esque heel-less heels on.(pictured) i was holding hands with my boyfriend and crossing grace street when a guy in the passenger’s side of a car yelled out the window (as the car came to a stop, also) ‘GOD DAMN YOU ARE SO FUCKING FINE I WANNA FUCK YOU RIGHT HERE IN THE STREET! YOU WANNA GET IN THE CAR BABY?’ obviously, i laughed, because … really? he then yelled ‘YOU DONT KNOW WHAT YOU’RE MISSING, BITCH!’ and drove away. i thought it was hilariously pathetic.
I was walking back to my residence hall at school after making an emergency Kroger run and to get into my hall from Kroger, I have to cut through a corner in front of my campus bookstore where we get a ton of traffic and we had paid canvassers out collecting petition signatures for economic development in one of the poorest parts of Richmond. I signed the petition and then the guy collecting signatures asked me in a whisper (after we’d chatted for like a minute) if I had a boyfriend (no) ..and then he asked me if I was interested in having a boyfriend (no on both accounts right now).. I think my non verbal “fuck off” slowly gave him the hint.
I made him apologize with 11 words.
While walking to work along one of Cary Street’s less immaculate parts, I came across a house with about 6 or 7 guys littered across the front steps. From my first glimpse of them 100 feet away, I knew there would be catcalling. As I passed, the whole group erupted into jeers and lipsmacking – and one guy standing at the top of the stairs began miming an enormous pair of boobs on himself.
I didn’t stop – and I looked right at that guy, and said, “I know, right? I’m so jealous of you and your boobs!”
His face was PRICELESS. He was so shocked and confused, that food actually dripped out of his mouth.
And then, to my receding back, he called out, “I’m sorry!”
I was on the way to my local coffee shop when a man i do not know said to me hey pretty and when i did not respond he then said hey ugly thats what i should have said the first time. Not only is this rude and uncalled for but utterly juvenile.
Thanks for That.
I had been kind of sad today after visiting my terminally ill father on a rough day yesterday. So I decided to get some good food & go for a picnic by myself.
Right when I’m walking to go sit down, some dude on a motorcycle with his friend starts shouting, “YOU, YOU, HEY YOU!” When I swivel to sit down, he shouts, “I WANT TO FUCK YOU.” My hands were full, yet more than anything I wanted to grab my camera & take a photo. Some girls came up beside me & laughed. I was infuriated.
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This was a couple years ago but I haven’t really talked about it. I must have been fourteen years old.
I used to go for bike rides a lot, and I lived in a small-ish town. At one point in my usual bike route, I had to turn onto a long, dark, winding road and stay on it for 1-2 minutes before I could get back onto the main road.
Usually my bike rides started at about 730-8pm, so it was starting to get dark. I liked that it was cooler.. forget it, I don’t need to validate that. I should be allowed to bike in the dark if I want to.
Anyway, one evening I was approaching the intersection and had just turned onto that dark road. There was a car full of guys with loud music coming down the road. They stopped on the other side and started harassing me. They yelled at me, I don’t remember exactly what they said, but it was infuriating and embarrassing and scary. I had the courage to flip them off and continue biking.
After I gave them the middle finger, they got extremely angry and started yelling louder, saying meaner and more inappropriate things. I embarrassed them in front of their friends. So sad.
To this day, I’m extremely glad that they were on the other side of the road. If they were on my side, I am positive they would have followed me, and I would have had to bike further away from my house to get away from them.
After I got home, I told my boyfriend what had happened and he was angry – with me. As if I somehow brought the harassment on myself and allowed those boys to try and claim his property.
I am so grateful for this site, and for the support, validation and empowerment it brings!