One might assume that winter is not a popular season for catcalling, given that most people are bundled up to an unrecognizable state. Alas, Christen Brandt has unfortunately confirmed that no matter what a women wears, there's a gross dude out there who will harass her.
Brandt posted a picture on Facebook of herself in a long parka and knee-high boots—the outfit she wore when a creeper decided that her body was public property. She told the whole story in her post:
This is what I was wearing this morning as I made my way through a crowded 34th Street subway station, and a man passing by me said, "Damn, you have some great legs." When I ignored him and kept walking, he turned around to follow me, to get closer, even as I was moving away. "Did you hear me, honey? I said you have nice legs. Damn! Thank you."
It was the "thank you" that got me. As if my 5 inches of legging-covered skin were there for him. Given as a gift wrapped in brown tights. Existing in the world for him to appreciate, or not.
Next time you wonder whether your skirt is too short, next time you ask your teen daughter to change her clothes, or the next time you hear about school dress codes in the news, remember this photo.
I am in a fucking parka and boots.
And it. doesn't. matter.
All women have these moments. All of us. And yet the world acts as if it's still our problem to fix. Get your shit together, guys.
I, for one, am sick of dealing with it.