The ‘drive-by’ —
Coming back home by myself after coffee at a a cafe, it had started raining. I was wearing cut-offs and a t-shirt. Just about to cross a road, some guys in a van shouted ‘wa-hey’ as it sped past. Because I was by myself, they couldn’t resist the opportunity to reinforce their ownership of the public space. It’s interesting how I felt I should ‘explain’ what I was wearing to recount the story… I think that is a big part of the psychological intimidation – you are expected to reflect on and evaluate how you appeared to the men.
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, England, UK