I have been a victim of street harassment and normally I just brush it off. I think to myself, its just a bunch of stupid men in their cars yelling at me profane things, and it was never really worth my time to react to their words. With that being said, a recent incident has happened that makes me want to speak up. The other day, I was walking with a friend to the success center, and I said “Hey its getting warm outside better start shaving my legs.” Then I proclaimed that actually I’m never going to shave my legs. We both laughed, but someone who was ease dropping on our conversation didn’t seem to agree to my sentiment.
One of the construction workers said to me, “Actually, you need to shave your legs.” He laughed as if that was something to joke about. I laughed and said okay, because honestly I was taken aback by what he said. I was use to the woos from random strangers, but this was on campus, by a construction worker who I will probably see again. In that moment, I felt uncomfortable. What if this guy says something to me on another day, it will completely ruin the sunny disposition I have while walking to work and also its just plain out creepy. I don’t want to feel this kind of treatment on campus and trust me I am doing something about the matter. Now not all of the construction workers are like this one, I had a nice encounter the other day with one of them, this is more of a post of awareness for whats going on. If an employee of JMU, or a student says these things to you, don’t brush it off, its harassment, and your voice should be heard.