As I was getting off my bus, there were two guys who began to follow me, asking for my name, telling me that I had to stop and talk to them, saying things like “hey sexy”, and so on. I refused to talk to them or acknowledge their presence, but it didn’t discourage them at all; it almost seemed as if my unwillingness made them even more enthusiastic. They eventually stopped following me, but you can imagine how unnerving it was, especially seeing as I was in a neighborhood that is fairly unknown to me.
Occurences like this one get me thinking: why do men do this? Women do not appreciate advances of this kind, so it’s got to be for their own selfish enjoyment? A form of power display. “I’m going to force you to acknowledge me”.
Later on, as I was walking the same streets with my date, no one approached me - because then I’m suddenly considered another man’s property. They respect that more than they respect my privacy.
This angers me to no end.