New York City... | General Discussion | Forum
November 27, 2013
So I moved to Brooklyn coming up on two months ago. My job is on the Upper East Side- which for those of you who don't know, is in Manhattan- so I have to take a semi long train ride 6 days a week to get there.
Now, I've been to NYC a few times before moving here and obviously as with anywhere i would get crap from people about how I looked. But since moving here, not only do I get gawked at and negative comments, I also get sexually harassed constantly and when I don't respond positively to the cat calls and dirty remarks, the men have taken to telling me that I'm Satan and that Im going straight to hell.
The worst incident was when I was coming home from work. I was sitting on the train, not particularly dressed up nor was I even wearing makeup, and this guy started cat calling and getting in my face. I finally got fed up with him and told him to FUCK OFF. He and his group of friends then started to scream to the other passengers about how I have the devil in me and I'm going to hell and on and on. They started discussing stealing my cell phone and kicking my ass before deciding "she ain't worth it.". And when they were getting off the subway, one of the guys punched the wall right next to my head.
Does anyone else who lives in big cities deal with this sort of harassment constantly? It's horrifying. I've had to start carrying a weapon with me and walking with my hood up and head down (Even in the recent 90 degree summer heat) to protect myself because of how often men follow me and harass me. And a few people I've talked to about it have blamed it on me, saying I'm asking for it because of the way I look and because I wear shorts. It's very scary for me and kind of sad. I have always ALWAYS been proud of how I look, no matter how "freakish" it may be to other people, and suddenly I've been reduced to hiding my face because I'm afraid.
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