Location: Mt. Pleasant Street and Park Road NW
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)
Seeing CASS’s posts in my Facebook feed recently has made me more aware of street harassment and more emboldened to respond. Several days ago, two young men were walking behind me, talking generally about the rear ends of women of a certain race (my race).
After listening for a bit, I had a sense that their conversation was directed at me and that they intended for me to hear. So I stopped, turned to them, and waited until they caught up to me. “That’s completely unacceptable. You can’t talk about women’s bodies that way,” I told them firmly. Although they protested that they weren’t talking about me, I repeated “that’s not okay” a few times (and couldn’t think of anything better to say).
After ten seconds or so, one apologized. I told him I appreciated the apology and would appreciate his not talking about women that way again. We parted ways.
After this exchange, I felt great. Although I hadn’t said anything brilliant, I protested, and that seemed to be enough. (And bonus points: I hadn’t angrily cursed or insulted them, which is often my instinct.)
Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 5/10/13 by “AM”
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