“What is under the hood.”

I was walking down Kenyon Street just passed the intersection at Georgia Avenue on the way to a friends going away party when an older man (my guess would be somewhere around 60 years old) sitting on a short retaining wall commented on my “beautiful” skirt as I was walking toward him. Between his apparent age and the fact that I was wearing a brightly colored, floral-printed skirt I at first took it as a compliment and said, “Thank You,” as I continued walking. He proceeded to say that “It doesn’t matter what’s on the outside but what is under the hood…” followed by some other comments as I walked out of earshot from him.

I immediately regretted walking to the friend’s house instead of driving and as soon as I arrived shared my disgust with my best friend – who said that she had been street harassed the previous night 3 times!

Submitted by anonymous on 8/14/2011

LocationKenyon St and Georgia Ave NW

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

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3 Responses

  1. Anonymous
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    I also have been harassed by older men, and I’m usually so surprised that I don’t respond either. It is especially dismaying because I was taught to speak respectfully to elders, but apparently some older men don’t feel the need to be respectful themselves.

  2. Omega
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    I remember once when I was out with one of my girlfriends (we were in our late twenties at the time) and a group of much older men — say around late 50s to mid 60s began to ‘holla’ at us. I just turned my head to ignore them. What does my friend do? She looks back at them then pretends to recognize one and goes, “Hi grand dad!” 🙂 I can’t recall if there were anymore responses from them because I was laughing to hard.

  3. Golden Silence
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    “She looks back at them then pretends to recognize one and goes, “Hi grand dad!” 🙂 I can’t recall if there were anymore responses from them because I was laughing too hard.”

    That’s a good one! I need to add that to my arsenal.

    I honestly wonder what is going on through these men’s heads when they harass women a fraction of their ages. It’s sick!

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