A post in the "Missed Connections" section of Craiglist is making the rounds on the Internet after a young woman in Minnesota used the site as a venue to skewer a guy who verbally harassed her on the street on Friday.
According to the post, the woman was waiting at a light to cross the street when a guy in a car waiting at the same light began to interrogate her about the type of underwear she had on and then sped away. Taking to Craigslist, the woman (understandably) vented about the creep and offered advice to other men who might, at some point, consider commenting on the way a woman is dressed.
So, that's where we were. Me, minding my own business. You, apparently observing my ass. At that point you had options. You could have driven past me and said nothing. You could have turned up your radio and waved, ensconcing us in some beats and camaraderie. You could have shouted out, "Happy Friday! Yeehaw!" Any of those options would have been great. I probably would have waved, smiled, and started my weekend on the same high note as you.
Instead, you chose the most pathetic option available to you: You leaned out of your window and made some ridiculous series of leering comments about whether I was wearing a thong, right as the light changed and you peeled off, pleased with yourself and saved from any consequences.
If you'd stuck around, I would have happily shouted a few things of my own at you: that it's people like you that make women avoid walking alone or taking transit even in broad daylight in their own cities; that no matter what screwed up metric you use it's not a "compliment" to have someone interrogate me about my underwear; that thanks to you I would spend the entire train ride home feeling scrutinized and gross because you didn't have the willpower or maturity to keep your mouth shut; that your wife and daughters or at the very least your mother deserve better than a cowardly man who shouts at women from the safety of his car.
The entire, well-constructed, far too necessary post is still up over at Craigslist. Here's to hoping the post finally gets the message across. [h/t Salon]