Alexa’s Story: “Does that work for you?”

I was walking to work from my garage when a car pulled over and the driver, a middle-aged man, rolled down his window to catcall at me. This is soooo not the first time this has happened, even in the last week. But I lost my temper today and I stopped to say bewilderingly “does that work for you?!”

The guy got angry and defensive, shouting about how I wouldn’t pay attention to him otherwise, and I shouted that it was rude and I didn’t want to talk to him, so don’t talk to me. He rolled up his window at that point and drove away, and I continued into work.

It sure would be nice to be able to go a week of the one-block-walk from my garage to my office without this happening.


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  1. theodora says:

    do you have anything about disability harrassment? it feels like just because we are visible, we do not have any right to privacy about our bodies. any helpful comebacks that expose this inequality about what we are ‘supposed’ to talk about would be very welcome.

    • admin says:

      Hi theodora,
      Check out our recent publication, Harassment Is: Explorations of Identity and Street Harassment. We discuss how identities overlap and affect how we occupy public space. Your feedback is very interesting and you bring up important points about privacy and public interactions. We encourage you to share your story!

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