“Don't tell me to f'ing smile!”

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Photo by Ronnie R via Flickr
Photo by Ronnie R via Flickr

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!”

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One Response

  1. KB

    I can’t count how many times I’ve had to deal with that kind of harassment. One time, I told a friend of mine how annoyed I was about this happening to me and she actually told me that I should have just smiled. Then, she went on to say that this was the reason why I was single…b/c apparently these street harassers make good life partners according to this particular girl. I don’t know what’s worse: men who treat women like objects or women who think that it’s ok to be treated like this.