Watch out for young idiots ahead

I know that many of you have expressed lately some doubt about the usefulness of blogging about FA. Sure it does get repetitive at times, and not every subject covered interests me (especially not politics). I myself haven’t blogged much lately, mostly because I couldn’t think of any subject really to write about (I prefer blogging left often than filling my blog with silly little fillers all the time).

Anyways, tonight was my first aquagym class of the semester and I went the usual way to class. Except that I had no music for once. For some reason, I didn’t feel like bringing the shuffle and I didn’t want to bring my new iPod to the pool. The school is located near a park that includes a skate park area. Since it was past 8pm, it was already dark. Well, I got badly harassed/catcalled by some fucking idiot teens, all sexual comments of course, which I won’t reprint here (you can imagine the kind of comments I got).

It’s easy to blame the harassment on weight, but here’s one thing I figured out upon thinking about it: with these assholes, us women always lose. Whether you’re fat, skinny, tall, short, pretty, ugly, sexy, butch/tomboy, girlish, nerdy, cool, they’ll always find a way to harass you one way or another. Anyone who thinks that mysogyny in pop culture doesn’t transcend the entertainment industry, here’s a good example of its effects in real life. Now, it’s very likely that at least one of these kids didn’t think I was so unattractive or simply internally disagreed with it all, but the fact that he participated in a passive or active way to the harassment puts him at the same level as all the others. In fact, he’d be one hell of a spineless, gutless wimp to let peer pressure guide him around like that.

Still, this situation pisses me off greatly. Here I am at almost 33, and yet, I’m struggling to not fall into my teenage thinking patterns. I do know better, and my rational side did come up with the conclusion above (which makes it easier to deal with)…



  1. vesta44 said,

    September 24, 2008 at 3:10 am

    I’m 54, and I got cat-called by some teenage boys on the street as I was driving by them (they were skateboarding and riding bikes in the middle of the street and got pissed that I wanted to drive thru there). They were calling me fat, ugly, stupid, etc. I just cranked up the Rob Zombie I was listening to in my minivan and drove right on by. Shocked the hell out of them that an old fat broad like me would listen to RZ…….LOL. I’ve seen them several times since, on the street that runs by our house, and they pretty much ignore me now. I don’t know, maybe I’m just too outrageous since I didn’t seem to care what they had to say (and listen to heavy metal cranked as loud as it will go without blowing out the speakers in my van).

  2. Jen said,

    September 24, 2008 at 3:48 am

    It might be easier to deal with but it still hurts when it happens. *hug* I hope this doesn’t get you down for long.

  3. Shinobi said,

    September 24, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    SOme nice gentlemen offered to “take me there” this morning while I waited for the bus. Somehow I doubt he actually meant the place that I was going to.

    People Suck.

  4. living400lbs said,

    September 24, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    I’m over 40, and have been catcalled while working in the garden on my residential street. Interestingly, it was only from boys in cars, not walking on the sidewalk – perhaps because I tend to wave or say, “hello” to anyone walking by. Perhaps they’re intimidated because I spoke to them?

  5. September 25, 2008 at 12:15 am

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  6. Sarah said,

    September 25, 2008 at 1:36 am

    I had a group of teenage boy outright stop in the middle of a busy street to yell at me, “Holy s*it, you’re fat!” If they wouldn’t have immediately driven off, I would have yelled back, “NO S*IT SHERLOCK!”

    I got snickered at by two teenage boys at the grocery store the other day, because I pointed out to my mom that peanut butter was on sale. Yes, fat people eating peanut butter. How hilarious! *rolls eyes*

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