“Afghan scuzzball”

In an Afghan-owned grocery store that sells Middle Eastern and South Asian products. I was shopping, minding my own business, and this absolutely scuzzy sleazy-looking Afghan guy, unshaven, unkempt, shirttail partly hanging out–you get the picture–says behind me “Hey, beauty, where are you going?” I ignored him, of course. He followed me through an aisle full of Islamic religious items, saying “Where do you live?” as I continued to totally ignore him. Then he sneaked up behind me when I was about to get in the checkout line, and said “Want to go with me?” as he bumped his whole body up against mine from behind.

So I wheeled around and shouted out loud “Leave me alone! Don’t touch me! Get away from me!” I had taken harassment silently innumerable times before, but this time I just snapped. He was startled and backed off. There were several people around, including a store employee, who pretended nothing had happened. I paid for my purchases and was leaving when I noticed he had hung around behind me, waiting. If he had tried anything else, so help me I would have broken his ugly face. I took a women’s self-defense class taught by Lauren Taylor in DC and learned how to inflict severe injury on harassers if necessary. Anyway, he didn’t follow me out of the store and the incident was over, except for the work I had to do within myself to recover from it.

I’m Muslim myself, and I’m seriously pissed off how the extreme sexual segregation in Islamist fundamentalist societies raises men in total isolation from women so that they never learn how to behave properly. There was nothing in that sicko scuzzball’s behavior but open hatred and aggression toward women. He assumed because I’m Muslim that I would meekly submit to harassment. I hope I taught him a lesson.

– JbH

Location: Herndon, VA

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2 Responses to “Afghan scuzzball”

  1. Su says:

    I am so sorry about that, I am sick of this disgusting garbage happening. Of course the other men are going to act like they didn’t see anythig, they always defend the other men. I am glad you shouted at the pervert, good for you! These men don’t expect us to fight back and then get scared when we speak up and do- same trash for Indian men- it seems they all think us Indian, Muslim women are submissive and if we were born in another country, they think we are sluts. Good for you for shouting at that male whore.

  2. Golden Silence says:

    I commented on this story on HollaBack DC and I wanted to comment on here as well. It’s awesome that you stood up for yourself, and Lauren Taylor is an amazing woman for running her self-defense classes. She’s very empowering.

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