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….minding my own business…

12 Apr

What happened during my lunch break today:

I was out for a walk, just getting some fresh air. On the way back to my office I took a detour through a short alley behind a library, when a large white SUV pulled up next to me. The man in the driver’s seat said:

“Hey, I like how you walk. Can I give you a lift?”

It was a WTF moment that lasted longer than a moment. I said No.Thanks. And kept walking. He continued to slow roll along beside me in his car, window down, asking again, and again, and again if he can give me a lift, take me to lunch, take me to dinner… Red lights are going off in my head as I begin to gauge how much further it is to the outlet at the end of the alley. If he cuts me off with his car, which way will I run. He is a big man, could I outrun him? Scream? Pick up a rock? ((Looking around for rocks…))

It didn’t come to that. He finally drove off leaving me to finish my walk, jumpy and looking over my shoulder.

I was dressed in jeans, a long sleeve hoodie, with a baseball cap on my head.

Does it matter what I was wearing? Would this incident have “made more sense” if I was wearing a short skirt?

I don’t really have it in me right now to make a nice wrap-up and take away for this post. But, I will leave you with two other articles that are bouncing around in my mind right now as somehow being related:

Ashely Judd fights back against the media’s misogyny towards women’s bodies.
And Any Sundberg rages on behalf of wicked smart women.

Anger

7 Jul

This blog was started, in part, by a bunch of women who were/are angry about some aspect of our sex lives. Since we hooked up and have been able to blow off some steam in the back room here with people who are simpatico, we (okay, I) have felt much better about things.

What I perceive from some comments is that people are not only hurting, but they’re angry. It may be seething under the surface. It may have blown. It may be way, way, way down deep and seeping upward through a few hairline cracks.

This post is for you. Vent. Scream. Rage. Cry. Continue reading