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I’m walking to the bus stop from work, and one guy from a group of people up the block from me starts hissing. At first I thought they had a dog with them or something, but when I got closer his friend started yelling, “Hey sexy! Hey sexy!” over and over. A woman with them started laughing. I walked past and they eventually got quiet. I’m wearing black slacks, sneakers, and a hoodie.
IT HAPPENED IN BROAD DAYLIGHT.
I was entering the train station when some random idiot asked me how you doing today princess. I just walked past and pretended there was no one there. I’m thinking PISS OFF! I don’t freaking know you. Then on my way home the same thing happened again when a martian looking dude walked past me and said how you’re doing today cutie. It’s sad we live in a world full of scumbags. Smh
Everyday I would go to work at an office (professional, appropriate attire) and everyday I faced harassment. As a woman; you wake up every single day and brace yourself for whats inevitably to come. From men telling me I’m too pretty I need to smile to men stalking me at work, and attempting to follow me home. I would come home to my fiance in tears because the harassment would not only interfere with my job, but also took away my sense of safety. When we as women are forced to walk the streets as if we were in prison about to be attacked at any moment; there is something wrong with our society. WE SHOULD NOT HAVE TO LIVE IN FEAR!!!
I used to run an after-school program in NYC and sometimes would walk some female kids to the store for snacks. Yes, even then men would say unbelievably offensive things and a few times I’d say “do you know she’s 14!?” I usually got f*** you! man.
The girls were totally used to it already, which is also disheartening. It’s just gross.
Thank you for what you’re doing!
I was on my way to the gym at 6pm in the afternoon, as I was walking on 142nd Street and Broadway there was a guy with a stroller come from the other side. As he got closer to me, he closed his fist towards me and acted like he was going to punch me in the face. I got scared when I saw the fist and he responded “Did you get scared?” I did not respond anything. He then started telling me, “You were in my way miss.” “What’s the matter with you?” “B#%@h” I kept walking quietly to the gym which I couldn’t stop thinking about the incident as I was walking to the gym on that day. I felt terrified there was no policemen around.
I was walking down the strip around 3pm, returning to my hotel after a business convention. A man tried to hand me a cd and when I didn’t take it he stepped infront of me, blocking my way and asked me for my number. I eventually got around him and he followed me down the strip, telling me I had dropped something, trying to get me to bend over to pick it up. He followed me for over minute calling me a sexually and suggestive name before a bystander intervened and I was able to keep walking.
I get harassed almost everyday and I’m only a sophomore in highschool. This has been happening to me for quite awhile, but for some reason this guy really bothered me. I was getting off of the 1 train at around 6 pm to go home from school and the conductor of the train yelled “DAMN GIRL YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL!!” Like I always do, I kept my head down and ignored him. He then said “YOU SHOULD THANK PEOPLE WHO COMPLIMENT YOU! THEYRE FUCKING TELLING YOU THAT YOU LOOK NICE!” Did I ask for you to talk to me? I don’t know you! You might think you’re being nice, but if this happened to you all of the time you would also hate it. I’m so tired of people commenting on the way I look and hitting on me. Why can’t they understand that their comments aren’t wanted?
I was at Union Square waiting for some friends when a guy sat by my side and try to call my attention by saying a lot of things like: “you are so beautiful” and “you have nice legs” etc. I was ignoring him, but it irritated me so much that I had to get up from where I was sitting and walk away.
I’m 16 and I was walking (alone) south on 5th avenue (from 49th) and I saw two college aged boys. I saw that they began to follow me. One of them walked beside me and mirrored how I was walking, asked me my name and threw his arm around me. I didn’t say anything and sped up, but so did he. I got his arm off me but he wouldn’t stop following me. When he was in a cross walk trying to get me to go to a bar with him and I told him to leave, he did. I was shaken because that was the 3rd time today.
Yesterday I was walking to work around noon and saw a girl walking towards me past two older men who obviously said something to her. I saw her roll her eyes and the man began to yell at her things like “all you had to do was be nice and be thankful, I was just saying you were pretty” I was so mad and tired of the countless comments I felt like I had to stand up for her. I asked those guys if the sidewalk looked like a runway to them. They looked confused…I told them there is no reason she should be “thankful” they thought she was pretty. I told them she wasn’t a piece of meat walking down the road and their comments can be seen as really disrespectful. They then decided to yell back at me saying I was the one being disrespectful and I should mind my own business. Maybe I went too far, maybe I didn’t. But another uncomfortable girls business has become my own. I walked away and got a smile of triumph from another bystander who was a woman, and another young man smiled and told me “It’s okay, just ignore them” I know he had good intentions and he was trying to be nice, but I told him to try to put himself in our shoes and it happens every day. I think he might have understood where I was coming from a little more once I said that.