Don’t Be THAT Guy: Catcalls and Harassment

I am not a misandrist, but I AM a feminist who believes all women have the right to walk in public without being cat-called or hollered at. Let me tell you a instance that happened to me today that really got my blood rushing.

Today, as I took my usual route to the subway station, I saw two men working on someone’s lawn. After I passed by them, one of the construction men hollered, “Hey lil’ mamasita!” or something along those lines. As my favorite song started playing on my phone, I still overheard those three powerful words, which made me extremely uneasy. My pace quickened and my heart pumped, but I made it into the station alive. Still, that wasn’t the last of it.

During my lunch break from work, I went to Dunkin Donuts with two co-workers. However, they left to go pick up something at CVS, while I decided to stay and read my book. Ten minutes later, as I got up to throw out my trash, an old man sitting behind me murmured, “Mhmm… baby” and tilted his head sideways, examining me. Unlike this morning’s incident, I made solid eye contact with him until his gaze shifted away.

When I rushed out of there, I thought to myself, “Why was this happening all today?” I wasn’t wearing anything scandalous: Just a black t-shirt dress (appropriate length), sunglasses, brown sandals, and a big brown leather purse from Banana Republic. When I put this outfit on today, I loved it. It was my style and gave me confidence.

I concluded that no matter what a woman is wearing, she should NEVER tolerate this type of behavior. Women should be able to wear whatever makes them happy and not be called out for it. It invades women’s privacy and rights. Today’s experience was totally uncalled for and really shed light on how sometimes women are objectified.

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Thank you all for listening to this rant, and please feel free to share your opinions below.

xoxo,

Sheryl