I wore a crop top today, not something I usually do, but it covered my stomach and thought I’d try it. One guy one the street tugged my arm while i was walking because I didn’t hear him to say that I looked “so damn sexy”, a guy grabbed my but on the subway, and this usually doesn’t get to me, but it did a lot today. I’m only 16 and when i got back to school i broke down. I don’t know why but I just felt gross after being shouted at and grabbed at. They’re are so many people on the street, so many of them women, I wish I would have worked up the nerve to say something, but it would have been nice if someone else had too.
I was on my way to the grocery store today and I happened to walk by this auto-repair shop because I decided to take a slightly different route. As I approached the shop, a man who appeared to work here signaled to his coworkers in the garage to come outside. As I passed the establishment all the men proceeded to leer at me and make the usual unwelcome comments.
On my way home I took a different route to avoid the aforementioned vile men and was cat called again, this time on Nostrand near DeKalb. The truck driver parked his vehicle and yelled “Hey, where you going sexy??” To which I scolded, “Don’t be rude!” It was a bit satisfying to see his look of confusion.
Finally as I rounded the corner to my block, a man was crossing the street to enter the apartment next to mine and he says “Nice hair!” I smile at him because he wasn’t being rude, but then he decided to look me up and down and add “Hey sexy!” Kindness is not an invitation to harassment!
I was outside for a total of 20 minutes. This is utterly ridiculous. I cried when I got home because this happens every time (just different people). I was wearing jeans and a t-shirt (and that shouldn’t matter).
I was walking to my subway stop at about 10:00am on a Tuesday morning. Normally I wear headphones to drown out potential commenters, but I didn’t have them that day. While I was heading east towards Broadway on 52nd St, a man gave me the quick up-down and commented, “Lovely.” I scowled a bit, not terribly surprised and glad it wasn’t worse.
But then, when I turned onto Broadway, another man behind me started singing, “Take your panties off, take your panties off.” A moment later he said, “I’m right behind you, girl,” before whistling his new tune.
I didn’t react to the man or the comments. I just picked up my pace and tried to put an intersection between us.
Definitely won’t be forgetting those headphones in the future.
I left my office to mail a letter and was waiting to cross the street and a homeless man sitting on the corner with a sign asking for money threw a banana peel at me. I stepped out of the way to avoid it and he said “I meant to hit you in the face.”
I had just walked out of the building where I work, to grab some lunch. A moment letter, a man walking down the street looked me up and down and said, “Mmmm, hey sweetheart!” I felt caught off guard, so I blurted out the first thing I could think of, which was, “Are you serious?!” He had already passed me but I heard him answer back, “Yeah, I’m real serious!” I just yelled, “NO! Don’t talk to people that way,” and kept walking.
I’m glad I called him out, but it sucks that nobody around me (at least 10-15 people on that section of block) bothered to say anything.
Walking back into my job at a high school, this man pulled his car over to a crawl behind me and said scary sexual things to me, culminating in a “Mmm. You just made. My. Day.” I felt so unsafe and feel like, why do you get to ruin my day? I took a picture of the back of his suv as he drove off which angered him but I feel empowered that I can take action to fight back.
I had my headphones on and was walking home after having lunch. I passed two men on the sidewalk. They were both about mid 40’s. As I passed one of them said “Hey I like your tattoos. ” and his friend chimed in with “Yeah, I like them.” I wasn’t really paying attention, hadn’t looked at them, made no eye contact and so chose to ignore them. Which is when one of them leaned over and screamed “HEY!” into my ear as loudly as he could. Although I was startled I kept walking and offered no response or even indication that I’d heard them. As I walked away they both angrily yelled insults at me all the way down the block.
Was completely randomly cat called by a guy while walking to the T stop, was not even looking at him as I was walking down and be passed above me… Called me baby gurl, urgh, I’m 24 and was not going to Uni, so wasn’t late in the evening or somethin.
I walked by a construction site on Vanderbilt and Pacific in Brooklyn, and the construction crew verbally harassed me.
Walked down the street on a nice, sunny Sunday afternoon. After about ten blocks, I reach the corner of Morningside Park where I’m greeted with rude comments about my appearance from three men sitting on the park bench.
“Damn girl, looking real fine today.”
I just look ahead and keep walking, determined not to let them get to me. As I turn the corner and walk away, I hear shouted after me “Yeah she likes that, doesn’t she.”
As if that isn’t enough, when I walk back home an hour later, the same men are sitting there still and I get the same treatment again.
“Girl those glasses look so sweet on you.”
I’m sick of feeling unsafe walking around my own neighborhood in the middle of the day. I shouldn’t need to walk with someone else to be able to avoid these kinds of comments. Me walking down the street is not an invitation for your comment.