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I was walking down State Street on the University of Michigan campus. A white blazer with two occupants and a dog shouted out racist and sextet slurs at me and a group of friends. About 10 minutes later I saw the same car coming back in the opposite direction and the male passenger again called out racist and sextet slurs. They had to stop at the red light at State and Williams so I ran up to the car passenger door and asked “What did you say to me?” He says, “I have never seen you before in my life.” I said, “I know your car from all the identifying stickers you have stuck on the back trunk door. You just drove down the street back and forth yelling out at me and my friends. I’m watching you.” The light changed and they drove off, he leaned his head out and called “B***!” to display his fundamental cowardice one more time. He had dark is blonde curly hair and looked about 16 but maybe he was older. The driver was a female in her late teens I think with long straight blonde hair.
I was walking back to my car from a girl’s night out, and we passed two older men (about 20-30 years older). As we passed, the men whistled and asked us where we were headed. After we responded shortly with “home,” one guy replied with “give me 10 minutes, it will be the best sex you’ve ever had.” I was so disgusted I just kept walking (at a faster pace).
I stopped at this Speedway to fill my gas tank. As I was walking in to pay, I noticed a young woman walking just a step behind me, also headed for the door. I paused to hold the door open for her and as she walked in, a man parked in a spot right in front of the door noticed her, attempted to get her attention by saying “Hey! Heeeeeyyyyyy!” When that was unsuccessful, he began barking and panting at her from his car window. SERIOUSLY?!?!?!?! Disgusting.
She had a nervous expression on her face as she entered. I gave the guy an angry, disapproving look, paid for my gas, then found a way to dilly dally at the pump long enough to ensure that this woman walked out of that store and left the gas station without any further or escalated harassment to deal with. Im not sure what exactly i would have done if things did take an uglier turn, but i couldnt just drive away knowing what was going on. She did end up leaving without things getting worse, so that was a plus.
Its just completely ridiculous and SHAMEFUL that stopping for gas equates to harassment. But thats reality. For that girl at the gas station and for millions of others like her just trying to move through public space and live their lives.
I had four men in a car outside the party store between Michigan ave and grand river (at the fork) whistle at me and tell me to come over to their car… When I flipped them off they told me I was “rude.” I proceeded to say that sexual harassment is rude, & real men don’t whistle at women to make themselves feel powerful. One of them said “I’m bout to get up out this car& show you what a real man do.” I went inside the store& told the manager, but the car was gone before he could do anything.
I was walking with one of my girl friends, and we are both pregnant. We were having a nice walk in the somewhat chilly Michigan spring weather. A car with three or more men drove by, and someone yelled out, “Boobs!” It shocked us both and made me feel less safe walking around in the daytime. It saddened me too that my baby is going to be exposed to street harassment which is so prevalent in our culture.
This past Saturday, on April 26th, I went on a run. I was wearing appropriate running clothes, nothing too revealing or short. While I was running I got yelled at by three separate cars, all of which were full of college boys. I was unable to hear what the first two cars said, but it still made me jump. When you are quietly keeping your own running rhythm, being interrupted by a cat-call isn’t the greatest feeling.
The third time this happened on my run, I was able hear what they said. The guy yelled, “Yeaaa Girl”. While this is not extremely derogatory, it is still rude and uncalled for.
It frustrates me that college guys think it is fine to yell at me just because I am running on a commonly used road. You don’t see me doing the same to you. I am willing to bet far less women are cat-calling men than men are yelling at women. Guys, can you please be classier.
One spring afternoon last year I was walking on campus with my roommate behind a group of girls. We all stopped at an intersection to wait for a car. As it passed, the passengers leaned out the window and catcalled the girls standing in front of us. I flipped the people in the car off and yelled that sexual harassment is illegal, but I doubt they noticed or cared. No one else around us said or did anything, and the girls just looked confused and upset and quickly left the intersection. I’m not sure if I really helped the situation, but I just wanted to make it clear that their behavior was completely unacceptable to anyone who witnessed it.
I was walking to class near Snyder Phillips hall when about 100 yards in front of me, a few guys stuck their heads out of the windows of their car and started yelling at a student who was walking in the crosswalk.
I distinctly heard one of them shout, “What the fuck are you doing, you fucking chink?!”
I felt frustrated because I was too far away to directly ask the student if he was alright or to say something to the guys who shouted, since they drove off so quickly. I saw some students closer to the crosswalk shaking their heads at what had happened, but no one really did anything.
It was absolutely disgusting, and it horrifies me that there are people in this community who feel like it is alright to scream racial slurs at people.