I was participating with a group of people in the free weekly yoga in the circle at Dupont Circle on Wednesday, March 15th. As it is outside and open to the public, there are people who may stare, make comments or what have you. Generally, it is not too atrocious, but it can be uncomfortable. Yesterday, a young man sat within a few feet of the group and began to snap photos of the entire yoga group while we were in positions like downward facing dog (behinds in the air). I debated if I was going to say anything to the young man and I decided to say something to the woman leading the group. She briskly responded about how it was a public space and these types of things happened. She apologized “if I felt uncomfortable”. Another woman in the group actually said, “you should go say something” in a sarcastic tone.
In the end, I understand that situations like this are complicated, however, it definitely could have been handled better. Just because we are in public and enjoying something for free, does not mean we should expect to be harassed or photographed. I really enjoyed doing yoga outside, but I would rather be respected.
Submitted by Christina
Location: Dupont Circle
Time of harassment: Evening Rush Hour (3:30P-7:30P)
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