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No one ever told me (while I was growing up) that you can say no (even if they are your boyfriend, even if they are being nice)!


When I was in grade 7 on my way to school assembly a couple of year 12 boys felt it would be right to run their fingertips up the back of my leg under my dress and snicker when I blushed and jumped. I wish I had slapped them then. Now at the age of 15 catcalls and other street harassment is seen as normal by a majority of my friends. It really disgusts and terrifies me.


When I was 18 I was sitting on a park bench when an old man sat down next to me and blatanly asked me for sex. "What's a pretty thing like you doing on your own? Come back to my place for sex?". It has stayed with me everyday of my life. I called my friend to laugh about it but when we hung up, I cried all the way home.


At a club with a friend and a guy standing behind me repeatedly grabs my bottom. When I asked him to stop he tried to spit on me. I thought he was going to hit me. My friend and I are both under 5 feet. He was well over 6 feet. His friends did nothing.


I'm 27 and have worked in a variety of industries, surprisingly moving from professional into construction to avoid commentary like the below women have shared in the workplace. My most recent one is being asked on a day to day basis from the males who I manage 'are you pregnant yet?' 'Bout time you had some babies' 'look at you, so not motherly'. In general the comments are less blatantly about breasts and sex and now more on my failings as a woman as I choose to work full time. I suppose now it is more acceptable as I am intruding on a mans industry (was told that today). Speaking out is impossible in all workplaces that I have experienced. It is sad that men come off so petty and pathetic as a result of their boring and repetitive feedback on nothing that concerns them.


Just last year I was walking down the street to my college when some middle aged guy shouted and whistled out the window of his car at me. It's not the first time it's happened and I was so annoyed I flipped the guy off when he stopped at the lights.
Another time was with a group of girl friends when a couple of guys just up the road from us were shouting for us to suck their dicks and other crap like that. Mostly I ignore it but the friends I was with were younger and I could tell they were feeling really uncomfortable by it so I told the guys to fuck off and suck each other instead.
Sometimes I think I'm too aggressive about things like that mostly because I get afraid of what the guy's reactions will be.