Q: How Much Street Harassment Can A Woman Face In Just One Block? A: A lot.

Location: 17th & K NW (Farragut North)
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

This is what happened when I walked 1 BLOCK to grab some lunch:

  • Exit Pret a Manger: Dude looks at me and says, “hey beautiful.”
  • I awkwardly downcast eyes and give a weird, toothless, grimace-smile (working on not reacting this way, but I feel conditioned to respond when someone speaks to me)
  • Dude continues, “nice smile.” (It was actually NOT a nice smile, see above)
  • I walk past dude with no reaction, he continues, “nice ass, too.”
  • I stop, turn and deliberately lock eyes with him, and flick him off.
  • -Turn corner-
  • A second dude walking towards me gives me the up and down and wonders aloud, “where did you get a body like that?”

Shocked that I have been objectified and presumed as made for nothing more than for random dudes on the street to ingest as woman-meat twice in the space of 15 steps, all I can respond with is, “Dude, what? No.”

“I am more than just ‘woman-meat’ for random dudes to ingest on the street.”

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 8/23/13 by “Sandy.”

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