“I’m a person. Not a blow-up doll”

I live in Los Angeles, California, so I often get harassed when I walk on the street, but I’ll share one that really stuck out to me.

I was crossing a street (at a crosswalk) and a guy was sitting there in his car and asked if I needed a ride someplace, and proceeded to tell me what a “fine ass” I had. I ignored him and kept walking. He started making kissing noises at me and yelled “hey baby!” as I walked away.

It made me feel very angry and disgusted. I know I have a nice body, and I don’t need or want him to tell me that, especially in such a degrading way. It was as if he thought I existed solely to be something for him and other men to look at.

Whether he liked my body or not, he should have kept his opinion to himself. Why do men feel they are allowed to comment on our appearances this way? Why don’t they care that it makes us feel used and dirty? I resented that guy because he had no respect for me as a HUMAN BEING and instead saw me as “pussy.”

I’m a daughter, a sister, a friend. I’m intelligent, loyal, caring, and short-tempered. I am passionate and emotional…I could go on. Basically, I’m a person. Not a blow-up doll.

-Erin Selzano

Location: Los Angeles, CA

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2 Responses to “I’m a person. Not a blow-up doll”

  1. Well said!! Here’s hoping for a time and place where this will never happen!

  2. **BrownEyedBeauty** says:

    Agreed, Beckie…it needs to stop!

    As a biracial woman (Black/White), I too have a “fine ass”. It is one of the most prominent features on my body. Both men and women have commented on it. My stepfather has slapped me on the behind and made lewd comments about my shape. I hope a time will come where this won’t happen anymore.

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