Location: Columbia Heights/Petworth
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)
What I wouldn’t give to walk around my neighborhood in peace. But alas, here’s a look at my week:
- Sunday, Oct 6 walking alone on Spring Rd between 13th & 11th Sts around 8 pm
A man on the opposite side of the street walking the opposite direction yells “Hey girl, you know you look good.” I respond with an unenthused “Yeah.” He says “Aww, c’mon. You don’t have to say it like that.” I respond with an even less enthused “Just trying to mind my own business.”
- Saturday Oct 12 walking down 14th St near Monroe St with my female roommate around 2 or 3:00 pm
Gentleman (and I use the term loosely) asks if I’d like a taste of his Mr. Goodbar while he eats a Mr. Goodbar. “Absolutely not,” I say. I hear “Aww c’mon you know it tastes good” as a I walk away.
- Saturday, Oct 12 walking north on 14th near Parkwood with same roommate at what is now 5 or 6:00pm
An old man sitting near the sidewalk puckers up & makes kissy noises as we pass. I give serious side eye as I say “Have some respect!”
- Sunday October 13, Georgia Ave metro around 9:00 pm with female friend
Riding escalators out of metro, group of guys in their early 20s are riding down. As they pass, a couple of them try to talk to us. Too exhausted to deal, I ignore them completely.
Were any of these men particularly threatening on their own? No. Not really. But when you add them together, a bunch of seemingly small comments add up & make me feel harassed & reluctant to walk around my neighborhood. Ask any woman in any city about her week & you’ll likely get a similar story. This is not an uncommon occurrence = truth = fucked up.
Thanks so much to CASS for creating a space to share my story.
Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 10/15/13 by “MK.”
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