Cross posted from a response to SeaAnemone from yesterday. I was itching to post it on Groupthink yesterday and now I can!

I live around the corner from an auto shop that happens to be between me and Dunkin Donuts and every. time. I walk past it and the bay doors are opened I get catcalled at. This happened all last warm season and it happened for the first time this season today while I was walking my dog. I decided enough was fucking enough and I finished my walk, dropped the dog at home and marched on over to the shop. Oh, and I gave them the finger today after the catcall, I was not in the mood. So I marched over to the shop, this time on the same side of the street, and glared into the shop as I passed. This time I was basically daring them to "do it to my face" so to speak. I marched in the front door, asked for the manager, and told him about the catcalling and gave him an earful about how it was inappropriate and that as a member of this community I deserve to be able to walk the block from my house to Dunkin Donuts without being harassed. He said that it wasn't him, to which I responded, "No, of course not. I don't think a manager would ever conduct himself in such a manner." It ended with him apologizing and saying he'd talk to all the guys. I like to wear shoes that make noise at times like these and "These Boots Were Made For Walking" was running through my head as I clip clipped away.

I feel a million feet tall. If it happens again I'm marching right back in there. My partner works at another shop, also around the corner, he knows the guys at the cat call shop and has asked me if I wanted him to say something. Nope, I'm a grown ass woman, worthy of respect in my own right, and I can take care of myself!

I still feel pretty awesome about it today. I know it's a small thing but, hey, it's the small things that matter.

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