Biking While Female: “It’s Amazing How Disrespectful & Dehumanizing People Can Be”

Location: Wilson Blvd, outside Ballston Metro
Time: Night (7:30pm-12am)

I decided to bike from Clarendon to Ballston Metro to get some exercise before a league in Falls Church, and figured it was an easy ride since there are well marked bike lanes and I own about every neon article of clothing or bike light accessory known to man. I have no problem sharing the road with cars, but unfortunately the fact that I am a female on a bike is a huge problem for groups of men that can’t respect my choice to do that.

I was yelled at both arriving at Ballston Metro elevator around 7:30 p.m., with work commuters still leaving the station, and then again on my way home from Ballston Metro around 9:30 p.m. Again, not a late night, and not a threatening area, but I am not going to stand by and let people yell at me how “riding my bike” means I must “ride other things well, girl.” It’s amazing how disrespectful and dehumanizing people can be in such a public place.

Submitted 9/30/14 by Anonymous.

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Street Harassed By A Car Full of Men Near the Ballston Metro: “I Just Wanted To Get Home”

Street Harassed By A Car Full of Men Near the Ballston Metro: "I Just Wanted To Get Home"
Street Harassed By A Car Full of Men Near the Ballston Metro: “I Just Wanted To Get Home”

Location: Ballston/Virginia Square area (Virginia)
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

Walking home from the metro and a car full of guys pulls out of a parking garage. Driver leans out the window and says “baby you’re GORGEOUS.” I roll my eyes (under sunglasses) and just keep walking. Car proceeds to pull out, then slowly pull into the parking lot adjacent and another dude yells out “fire crotch!” and the whole car is clicking their tongues at me while I have no choice but to just walk past and pretend nothing is happening so I can go home.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 4/22/14 by Anonymous.

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“It made me feel so angry and helpless.”

Location: Wilson Blvd. outside the Ballston Mall (VA)
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

I was walking down the street on the middle of a Saturday afternoon when a man, walking with another male, said loudly to me, “girl, let’s go make some babies.” I’m ashamed to say I was too stunned to say anything back. The comment wasn’t even that vulgar, but it made me feel so angry and helpless.

Submitted on 1/17/13 by Anonymous

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My Lovely Dog

posted in: Ballston | 1
Photo by Lucas Lopez via flickr

So this is actually not an example of harassment, but a reminder, to me at least, that being polite about it gets you nowhere. I live on a block between the metro and the bars so late at night there are a lot of drunk people walking by.

I was out walking my dog tonight and a guy walked by, leaned in and made kissing noises at my dog. She’s a 70 lb pitbull and, while normally very sweet, does not like being surprised by strange men. Her reaction left him running to the car, apologizing for disturbing her. Don’t get me wrong-He did nothing wrong by being friendly to a dog, but the whole incident made me wish that just once I could get that kind of reaction by talking back to a guy who was inappropriate. It’s not unusual for drunk guys to approach me while I’m out late at night, and I guess since I’ve had this lovely dog, I’ve taken it for granted that I don’t have to worry about dealing with the ones who think it’s my obligation to hear them out.

Submitted by anonymous

Location: Ballston

Time of harassment: Late Night (12A-5A)

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