A Vitamin A day Keeps The Street Harassers Away

Photo by Lisa Brewster via Flickr

This is a mostly positive story. In fact, it was badass.

I was walking North up 7th Street to get lunch. One man, probably in his 50s, said, “Hey beautiful…” and started to try to talk with me as he walked along side me. I looked over at him and said, “I don’t like that. It’s disrespectful.” He objected, asking me why it was disrespectful. I shook my head, repeated, “I don’t like it” and kept walking. He stopped walking and left me alone.

When I came out of the restaurant on T street NW and started to walk back to 7th Street, I was walking fast and came upon a man holding several large bottles of vitamins. He started to try to sell me vitamins but stopped when he saw me. He looked me up and down and said, “You don’t even need these.” Before I could respond, I heard a man yell from the street, “Don’t say that to her. I already talked to her and she thinks it’s disrespectful.” I looked over and the man from 10 minutes before on my walk was yelling out his truck window at my current accoster. I laughed and yelled “Thank you!” and went on my way.

Submitted by Joni on 6/13/2010

Location: : 7th and S NW

Time of  Harassment: Day Time (9:30A-3:30P)

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2 responses to “A Vitamin A day Keeps The Street Harassers Away

  1. Wow!

    Could it be that men just aren’t getting the message, and that they would advocate for us if they understood we don’t think it’s cute or charming or flattering, but actually we find it disrespectful, irritating, and sometimes downright scary?

    that gives me a little hope.

    Thank you.

  2. Golden Silence

    I love when a former harasser takes in a lesson like this and starts to stand up for women. Awesome!

    (And as an aside, your stock photo of the Betty Rubble vitamin is adorable.)

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