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Recently on holidays with a group of friends, whilst shopping, one guy constantly made reference to what clothes he felt I would look good in. Needless to say, his comment was never asked for. Such relentless comments are not in my opinion a compliment and make a situation very uncomfortable in public.
I had just got off my bus into Belfast, and when I was walking home I was aware of a group of young men riding bicycles on the footpath towards me. I walked over to the other side of the footpath to avoid them riding into me, but one of the boys decided to go out of his way to swerve towards me, lean out, and scream into my face. This was my first time returning to Belfast in over a month, and within 2 minutes of me arriving I’d already had the crap scared out of me. I had to sit down and gather myself afterwards, I don’t understand why anyone would feel the need to scream into someone’s face for no reason, let alone nearly hit them with a bicycle!! I did absolutely nothing to provoke them and I’ve been scared to walk home at night ever since.
I was walking back home on my workout clothes and an old man just stopped me in the middle of the street, he apologized for approaching me (which made me think he was going to say something annoying but not bad) and then proceeded to tell me I should put some clothes on because my shorts looked like underpants and were too tight and indecent for a woman. I told him he had no right to say those things, that I didn’t care about what he thought and he kept screaming I was indecent. It was shocking and humiliating, I don’t think I’ve ever hated a random person so much as I hate this man.
This afternoon I was leaving the office, which is in the same building as a family planning clinic. A woman who was with a few anti-abortion protesters on the street followed me down the street, badgering me to stop and talk to her. She had obviously assumed that I had come from the family planning clinic. I shouldn’t have turned around – but I am a confrontational person and always ready to speak up. I turned to her and she began shouting at me, mostly idiotic lies about abortion facts and recited verses from the scripture. I began to calmly tell her that I didn’t think it was appropriate for her to say this sort of stuff to me, that she had no right to push her religious opinions on to other people and that she was not spreading the Christian message of love and compassion, she was spreading hate and ignorance. However, I was cut short by a tall bearded young man who was holding a HUGE poster with picture of dead foetuses on it. He was quite aggressive and began to shout at me “do you believe I’m a soul!?!” The two of them had me cornered in and were ranting at me. I felt so angry and intimidated. After what seemed a lifetime i squeeze past them and made my way down the street. The man kept shouting after me. I was so shocked and,honestly, I found it really upsetting. When I turned the corner I burst out in tears and have felt so horrible since. I don’t understand these people and how they can be so horrible and I can’t imagine how much worst it must be for women actually attending the clinic for help. I’m so upset and angry!!!
A car full of obnoxious young bros went by as I was walking down the street after work, in the middle of the day, and yelled “dirty slut” at me as they drove past. I stared back at them. Felt violated, humiliated, and angry all at once.no comments
I was walking down Ann Street along with 2 other friends and suddenly felt someone grab my ass- I didn’t know what to do and after a few seconds by the time I turned around I saw the man walking away in the other direction smirking at me over his shoulder. Not wanting to say anything because it was busy and I was so embarassed, I walked around feeling uncomfortable and vulnerable for the rest of the day.
On a lunch break, got yelled at by a bunch of teenage boys, who, when I wouldn’t acknowledge then with anything but a death stare, thought it would be a great change of tactics to repeatedly tell me I was a stupid bitch….cue more death stares from me until they went on
I was standing outside a restaurant having a cigarette waiting for my friends to come outside after our dinner. Someone walking past decided to shout at me “Put that fag out, and you stop smoking”. I was really embarrassed but a lot of people laughed who heard it.