On Saturday, I was crossing a light right before it was changing to green, and right when I got to the other side a cab driver said either “Look at you, Sexy Dreads!” or “Look at you, sexy in red!” (I was wearing a red coat.) Regardless of what was said, I could definitely see him checking me out and it was gross. Of course he had to say this right before the light turned green so I didn’t have time to get a license plate number or cab number.
The second incident happened today when I was coming back from lunch. A man stopped right in front of my tracks and said “All this chocolate…why no smile?” or something stupid like that. Then he says “That’s it!” as if I gave him a smile as he wanted, when in actuality I walked past him and ignored him and whatever expression on my face was that of befuddlement and annoyance.
Compared to what I’ve been through recently, Incident #2 is benign, but annoying nonetheless. Why do these men think that intruding on a random woman’s day is cool? It’s not cool, it’s aggravating as hell!
– Tired of Being Harassed
Location: #1, Arlington, VA and #2, M Street, Washington, DC