“I Wish These Men Would Keep Their Ignorant Thoughts to Themselves.”

Location: Wiseguys Pizza (4th & H Streets NW) and McPherson Square
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

I have two stories to share. Last Monday, October 20th, I was walking to Walmart during my lunch break, and a man was sitting outside of Wiseguys at 4th and H Streets NW. He started staring at me as if he’d never seen a woman before and I knew he was going to say something. I was correct. When these men telegraph what they’re going to do, I can think about what action I’ll take. “Hey, sexy girl,” the man said. I chose to keep walking and not engage him. He said “Sexy girl!” to me two more times. I did not acknowledge his presence and I kept walking.

And last Wednesday, while waiting for a bus home after work at McPherson Square, a man said to me, “God bless your ass! I’ll call your ass!” Having my ass blessed by a random man on the street is a new one.

I wish these men would keep their ignorant thoughts to themselves.

Submitted 10/27/14 by “D.”

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