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When I was 17 I was told during a mock job interview (with a middle aged man) that I should have worn a skirt and more make up if I was serious about the 'job '. I was furious.


Was walking my dog near the beach and a guy yelled out of his car " the beach is that way, you fat slut". Both insults are being reclaimed by feminism, but the immature hecklers still meant to be hurtful. Now i don't feel happy walking in my suburb and does not help my body image problems:(


On a cruise explaining to some new friends I'd made that i am a feminist, and very supportive of gender equality. Their response? 'How does it feel to be on the losing side?'


I was walking with my sister in the middle of a large city in broad daylight. Suddenly, one of the people walking in opposite direction and passing us by , grabbed my breasts with both hands. Briefly grabbed and kept walking. It was so unexpected, I didn t say or do anything and he was already behind us, so running back to kick him seemed pointless. I felt like he spat all over me. Casually feel my breasts while walking by ? Really ?


A couple of incidents in recent memory:

- I work in a shop that was looking to hire some temporary staff over Christmas. One person who interviewed was a young lady about 5'1" tall. During the interview, she mentioned that she wanted to join the police after graduating from uni. She wasn't offered the job with us, and afterwards, my colleagues all spoke about how it was "wrong" and even "disgraceful" that she believed she was suitable for front line police work.

- While out with mates, a male member of the group referred to another's ex-girlfriend as a "slut" because she had left him for someone else. When I called him out on this and specifically asked if he would refer to a cheating boyfriend as a slut, he answered "I'm just calling her what she IS, she brought this on herself, that's not sexist"

- A co-worker talking about how one of his friends had recently been arrested for a sexual offence, but said "it wasn't rape, it's not like it's THAT bad, is it?"

The worst one: I had a miscarriage after an apparent contraceptive failure that I hadn't been aware of at the time. My doctor told me that at 32 I was already at higher risk of miscarriages or birth defects, so I really should have started trying for a baby earlier. I said I was on birth control and clearly did NOT want a baby. The doctor suggested I stop using contraception, because I really needed to have a baby before it was too late, and after a miscarriage a woman's body naturally wants to "replace" the pregnancy so I was sure to be pregnant again very shortly.


Some years ago I went to a music festival with some girl friends. We were standing at the stage waiting for the next performance when I felt somebody groping and touching me from behind. Every time I turned around to say something or see who it was they removed their hands and pretended nothing was happening. Eventually me and my friends moved, I was pretty shocked with what had happened but now when I think back I wish I had handled it better and said something.