Jacqueline’s Story: “It’s really intimidating”

I feel so violated by their eyes. I live in a campus housing. I was getting out of the gym and I was wearing shorts and a t shirt, and as I turned the corner to exit, a bench was there and a man was sitting on the bench. He looked at my ass, then back at me without any wavering eyes. He just smiled at me and smirked at me, he didn’t even bother to look away. There was a long straight pathway to get back to my apartment, and he just stared at me the whole time even as I walked away into the distance. Another time I was at my school’s gym, and there were windows. I was on the Stairmaster, and custodians stopped doing their job to pause and look at my ass.. They were there for a good 5-10 minutes. I was stricken with fear. Ever since then I’ve been very uncomfortable around men who look at me like that, I have might have developed a bit of paranoia.

It’s really intimidating when two guys are staring at you and you’re outnumbered. It’s scary being alone and having to be stared down by guys you don’t even fucking know. They could do something to you, you know? So I just have to quickly finish what I came to do in whatever store and get the hell out of there. It’s a normalized experience, “Men do it all the time!” There is a difference, creeps.

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