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It was right hot yesterday in Halifax and there had been lots of people out and about drinking and stuff. It was about 7pm and I needed to go down to the shop at the end of the street – like 90 seconds walk from my flat. To get there I walk over the car park and down what I can only describe as a ginnell with steps down thats all fenced in. As I approached my heart sank as there was 30 teenage boys there, 15 on each side on the path drinking cider & smoking ect. I had to walk through them and the gap is only about two meters wide. Talk about a lane of intimidation! arghh.
Well I looked straight ahead and walked through, one of them muttered `sexy` and I powered on, feeling that on this occasion it wasnt maybe safe / wise to challenge 30 teenage boys by myself right outside my flat. I went to the shop and got my stuff, I stood outside for about 5 minutes wondering what to do. I could get back to home a different way but this would involve a detour of about, and they would see me go the other way too. I also dont want to feel intimidated outside my own house. I dont mind them sitting there really or drinking, they do make a mess but Im not going to let them comment on me and make me feel scared. So I psyched myself up and thought if they do say something im just going to say “Women find that intimidating” and keep walking. So I walked back up the alley, I looked straight at them and was super chuffed that one the lads said to his mates, `move out the way` so that I could get through. I said Thank you and got home a little bit happier
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