Today, as I was walking into CVS, two older men outside said to me “Young lady, please consider us on your way out.” Thinking they were hitting on me, I rolled my eyes and said “Screw you.” When I walked back outside, I realized they were asking for AIDS donations. FML
The post itself doesn’t really appear to be much but what I thought was telling was the comments and the fact that 14,102 (at the time I’m writing this) gave her a you deserved that one. On the surface it might be understandable. She was asked a question, gave a rude response and found out later they were not who she thought. However, in our society, it is just not as simple as all of that. The average experience of a woman in our society is one where they are considered public property to comment on and have their personal space invaded no matter where they are. I have been followed on foot and in cars, everywhere from Chicago to the mall near my house. I have had men make one-time offensive comments to me, start off with polite conversation and get inappropriate quickly and surprisingly. I am uncomfortable whenever any male makes a comment to me without any signs of acknowledgment on my part. The way this woman reacted would be completely ridiculous, except if she lives even slightly the same experience I and many of my friends live, it sounds just about right.