Harassed Six Times in 15 Minutes

I was walking alone up Georgia–this walk takes about 10 or 15 minutes. In that time I was harassed 6 times. No one time was particularly scary or mean, but the sum of that walk really upset me.

1. A group of younger men commented commented “hey girl, you don’t have to walk so fast. slow down and say hi” as I passed them.
2. A man composed an impromptu rap about wanting my mouth as he walked pass me. Also something about bacon?
3. A young man swerved in front of me to give me a flyer. “You should come to this. What’s your name boo?” I told him a name and said I had to go. “Nice to meet you girl.”
4. Passing a guy at the crosswalk, “why all the pretty girls be walking the other way?”
5. Guy standing outside the subway “Hey baby.”

I was two steps from my destination. Pretty pissed at all this. Already composing this post in my head.

6. Older man sitting outside a restaurant, very sweetly: “You can stop and say Hello. It’s okay to say hello.” I did. I turned around and say hello back, sweetly, told him I was doing well thank you, and proceeded on to my friend’s door.

I’m pissed at him about that–but mostly I’m pissed at myself for turning on a dime and letting him get my attention. He was being sweet in his tone, but he would never have said that if I were a guy. Same goes for all of the above. I still feel tense and shaken by the whole thing.

Submitted by B on 5/21/2010

Location: Georgia Ave. between Florida and Euclid

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3 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    This stretch of road is particularly bad! That is just about the same experience I had last year. Consequently I don’t walk along GA Ave anymore, which is ridiculous.

  2. Golden Silence

    I am not a fan of Georgia Avenue, either. I lived in Petworth for six months and spots of Georgia up there (near the Metro) were bad. This street’s the second coming of Harassment Hill (14th Street).

    I am sorry this happened to you. Back-to-back harassment with little reprieve from it is a pain.

  3. Jen

    I think it’s important to read these stories so that we can prepare our defense mechanisms. These men, especially 1 and 6, have ABSOLUTELY NO RIGHT to demand your attention or time! I’m so sorry that you have to deal with the unwanted attention all the time and I know what that is like. I used to take long walks in the city and have since stopped almost solely for the reason of avoiding harassment. Having read your story I feel like I can better prepare myself to say back something to the effect of “I don’t have to say hello to you and I won’t.”