“They comment on my appearance every single time I walk by.”


Location: 1st and P St NW
Time:  Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

Last week, I moved to a new house on quieter street in Bloomingdale with two close friends and was excited about the new spot– until I got to see who else lived on my street. Two men in particular, who live two houses down from mine, sit on their stoop every day and feel the need to comment on my appearance every single time I pass. “Hey there, beautiful” “Whatcha got in those groceries? You cookin’ for me, sugar?” “Save me something delicious, baby” “I like the way she walks”– the list goes on. I finally got tired of it after a week and said something this weekend, telling them that their comments were unnecessary and made me uncomfortable so I’d like them to stop. They laughed and said, “So what? You’re beautiful!” It’s one thing to feel constantly unsafe walking around the city but a special brand of frustrating when it’s right outside my own home, the one place I should feel safe.

Submitted 8/8/16 by “RK”

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