I just returned from an interview as part of my job as a reporter, to which I’d decided to walk, because it was only a 10-minute walk and it’s spring. But of course, I experienced what I was raised to expect and tolerate; assholes.
In a short 10-minute walk, I experienced an entire list of things that are way too common for anyone to have asked for it.
1.When you feel like you HAVE to say hi to a guy when they say hi to you, even when they definitely aren’t making eye contact.
2. When you can feel your skin crawl while some old guy who probably has children stares at you.
3. When you start to question your definitely-not-come-hither outfit just because some pervert hooted at you.
4. When you Google Maps directions to walk somewhere, and rethink going because the directions take you off heavily-trafficked streets.
5. When you make the conscious decision not to make eye contact with anyone, because that may be too inviting.
6. When you’re walking down the street alone, in broad daylight, but still feel the need to walk closer to another person so you aren’t singled out… again.
7. When you’re relieved to see other women.
8. When you have to clench your fist not to flip a cat caller off because you’re alone, and he’s a man.
9. When you realize part of the reason you loved this haircut was because you thought it wouldn’t attract pigs, and you were wrong.
10. When you realize the moment you get back to work/home/a familiar place that you were clenching your teeth the entire time you were outside.