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Over the summer of 2013, my mom and I were visiting colleges, and were walking through the UMass, Amherst campus. It was a beautiful day out, and we were walking my dog after meeting with some of my mom’s old colleagues. As we were walking a man in a truck, slowed down, leaned out his widow whistled and yelled “Hey baby!” at me. I was with my mom, walking my dog and carrying a bag full of dog poop. I flipped them off as they drove by (though I should have thrown the dog poop at them).
A few days ago I was walking home after the snow had started to clear up. There were huge chunks of ice and slush completely covering the sidewalk from where the snowploughs had pushed them out of the road. Finding it impossible to walk on the sidewalk, I started walking in the bike lane. I walked against car traffic so I could see cars coming. That stretch of road was straight and after a few minutes I saw a car coming towards me. The driver looked at me and, instead of giving me some space like most cars would a pedestrian, steered his car in a such a way that he was driving right along the edge of the bike lane. He stared at me as his car passed within a few inches from my shoulder. I was so scared and couldn’t even jump back onto the sidewalk because the ice wall was so high.
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A year and a half ago, Queerocracy, a grassroots organisation based in New York City hosted an intersectional training on street harassment. The training, called QRASH Course: Queers Resisting All Street Harassment, included focuses on racism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, sexism, ageism, and police brutality.
They are planning future courses and we hope to bring something similar to Durham and Chapel Hill!
A few weeks ago a guy at my gym told me that “the men had voted and decided that I needed to stretch in the back so they wouldn’t be tempted.” That one will stick with me.