It’s not new, this is not the first time and it won’t be the last. Returning from dinner at a friend’s house, I was entering the Eastern Market metro last night around 10:30pm and there was a group of guys hanging out near the entrance. As I walked past them, one called out “hey girlie, smile.” I ignored them, and they continued “I said, SMILE!” “Why don’t you smile, you’d be prettier?” “Don’t forget to smile.” I didn’t respond because the last thing I wanted was for them to follow me down into the metro, but someday I will. This happens all the time, day and night, in downtown DC, Columbia Heights, Crystal City, everywhere. I want to go up to them and say, “Don’t tell me to f’ing smile! You don’t know me, so don’t talk to me and why the hell should I smile at you? All you’re doing is making my day worse by harassing me!”
Submitted by KF
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