Helmets won’t protect you

It was maybe around 11:30 on a Tuesday night last summer. I was unlocking my bike to ride home after a night of bowling with my friends. I was wearing a knee-length floral skirt. A group of maybe four young Hispanic guys approached me. I had my helmet on already, and still they felt the need to comment at me. Because I was wearing a skirt? Because I was bent over? I didn’t look up, but I felt creeped out. I wasn’t sure if I should feel complimented, but I decided pretty quickly, as my heart rate increased and my sense of foreboding mounted, that the whole encounter, brief as it was, was not ok and not complimentary. And maybe this is stereotyping, but now if I’m walking through an Hispanic neighborhood, I am much more aware of males.

I should not have to feel so defensive when out alone, regardless of time or place. It was disrespectful, and no one should have to deal with the feelings of shame that come along with such harassment. No one is asking for it, ever.

– Liz

Location: Dalton Street, Boston, MA

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One Response to Helmets won’t protect you

  1. Golden Silence says:

    And maybe this is stereotyping, but now if I’m walking through an Hispanic neighborhood, I am much more aware of males.

    I know the feeling. I’m a Black woman who is mostly harassed by Black men, and it just makes me wary of Black men when I’m walking down the street. It’s a hard struggle I’ve dealt with because I don’t want to go around thinking like that, that all Black men act like that, but do I want to put my safety first or worry about hurting strangers’ feelings? In the end I decided to put my needs first. Until things change, that’s the way it has to be.

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