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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.