“Protect that Prettiness!”

I was walking back to work from my lunch break the other day, and this guy who was begging for change in front of United Colors of Benetton was yelling at a guy who was with a woman. The guy was yelling mess like “Ooh! That’s what I’m talking about! Protect that prettiness! You got you a pretty lady!” The couple were happy in their own world and didn’t seem to be caring about or paying attention to the guy yelling at them. I was offended for them, and I hated that the guy was talking to the guy of the couple as if the woman involved was his property.

I also hate that there are men on every freaking corner of that intersection who are not only begging for change, they’re harassing as well. Why has this been normalized as something to be accepted?

It’s not the begging that bothers me as much, it’s the harassment. Women, whether they’re single or with someone, should be able to walk freely without being commented on.

Submitted by anonymous on 9/16/2010

Time of Harassment: Day Time (9:30A-3:30P)

Location: M Street & Wisconsin Avenue

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3 Responses

  1. JC

    Thanks for posting. This happened to me twice recently, while with the same man. One time was during lunch near Metro Center metro, by someone asking him to sign up for some nonsense. The other time we were at dinner–I don’t think the guy was even begging, he was yelling after us. While I agree with the site’s decision to keep racial issues out of our posts, I had not experienced this type of harassment while walking with a man before, and felt targeted because we were a bi-racial couple. Maybe it was just a coincidence. Can’t people just let you walk down the street anymore?

  2. Dakota Brown

    Is it true that dc has no loitering laws?

    I just want to walk down the street, free and not be bothered!

  3. Marissa

    That guy does the same thing when I walk past him with my husband, which ends up being once every few days. He ALWAYS uses one of those pretty lady lines, and only refers to me as being part of my husbands property. “You take care of that lady of yours!” “YOU GOT A PRETTY LADY THERE!” Ugggghhhhh.