PSA: Don't Talk To Me
Note: This post is a very angry rant about street harassment. It will contain numerous cuss words so if you're not into that, I'll see you in the next post. I need to get this off my chest as I've been dealing with it every single day for months now and I am fed up.
PSA: DO NOT TALK TO ME
This PSA is for all of the dirty, musty, creepy, worthless men who just can't fight the urge to mind their business and talk to me. Now before you're like "what's wrong with people talking to you?", this message is for all of the fucking creeps that give you "compliments" or tell you to smile when they should just shut the fuck up.
When I'm on the way to class or work, I have to walk 15-20 minutes through my neighborhood. When I was younger, this never bothered me and I actually loved going on strolls to free my mind. As time passed, it seems like men have just forgotten that women don't have to talk to them and will blurt out whatever they want.
I usually get the "hello, gorgeous" or "smile baby" which pisses me off in itself. However, some men really push me and it takes all of my energy to not cuss them out. One time, a dirty cab driver slammed on his breaks to say hello to me. When I ignored him, he proceeded to make a u-turn to talk to me AGAIN. Sir. I did not signal you to talk to me. I did not signal you for a ride. If it's ok with you, LEAVE ME THE FUCK ALONE. I should not have to be on constant alert when I just need to get from point A to point B.
One of the sad things about it is some men will try to justify it by saying "oh, they're just complimenting you". NO. IT'S NOT A COMPLIMENT. I DON'T GIVE A FUCK SO KEEP IT TO YOURSELF. I'm tired of the creepy rape eyes of men who are just "complimenting me". Or the other excuse "but it means you're attractive". SO WHAT?! I HAVE TO BE PUNISHED FOR IT?! Those excuses are old and won't work anymore.
Thankfully, one guy I know has learned from women telling him that it makes us super uncomfortable and on guard so he doesn't do it anymore. He also offered to buy me a knife just in case one of those bastards wanna get handsy. Forever grateful. I'm also making sure to have my mace on me at all times and one of those cute cat keychains that double as sharp knuckles. They don't know who they're fucking with.
If you're a man that thinks it's fun to catcall women on the street, CUT IT OUT. It's not funny and we don't appreciate it. I don't care if you're just trying to be nice. Don't do it. The creepy guys have ruined any honest compliments so just keep it to yourself. People wonder why women are so quick to get angry these days but it's because we are FED UP with the bullshit. The US needs to adopt France's law where catcallers can be fined a couple thousand dollars for harassment. I bet they'll stop now, won't they?
If you've dealt with any catcalling (which almost every woman has) then I urge you to be safe. Women are constantly harassed and when we reject them, we run the risk of being harmed. Always remain vigilant and keep something to protect you.
If they grab you, whoop their ass.