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Thank you to Joe Eaton for the “Nice Ass” article (6/22) and for bringing attention to this outrageous behavior. Thanks especially to Kimberly Klinger for documenting and sharing her story. I live in Adams Morgan and, like Kimberly, am subject to this kind of harassment on a daily basis. One day, when I “flipped” and gave the finger to the carful of catcallers, I had a half-full Corona bottle thrown in my direction. Although some of the men in the story claimed to be giving out compliments, they must realize that this attention is overwhelmingly negative and can feel threatening. I think about it every single time I leave my apartment. I dress down when I can to avoid it, and when dressed up, brace for it with a scowl and bad attitude to cope.
Along with the cover story about asses, you should have peppered the article with pics of real D.C. ladies’ asses, especially Kimberly’s. Now it’s torturing me to try and visualize her.
I sometimes say stuff to ladies as I walk by or give them the thumbs-up as they are walking toward me, but, of course, I get ignored. So I tried something new.
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If I’m on the Metro with a beautiful babe, I try to small-talk her and chat her up. Then I give her my e-mail addy, or I get a contact point from her. You know what? That doesn’t work either. Either I e-mail them, and they ignore me, or when I get off the train after having given them my e-mail addy or phone number, they vanish, and I never see or hear from them again.
So how are us friendly, single guys supposed to meet the cold D.C. women?
I would like to thank Joe Eaton and Kimberly Klinger for their great pieces on this subject. As someone who grew up in D.C. and still calls this place home, I have had to endure this type of thing since I was a young teen. It is one thing to say a nice comment and follow it up with an offer to get to know someone. That is simply called asking someone on a date or trying to get a number. It is another to say something in that perverted voice that one thinks you would only attribute to a pervert or a rapist but is sadly often coming out of the mouth of someone’s husband, brother, or father. It really makes you want to hide, not flaunt, your body and creates a horrible sense of being uncomfortable in your own skin. I’m hoping that it really does create some awareness and helps men to recognize how much harm it can do. Thanks again for making this a featured article.