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One morning while walking from Spiral Cafe to my nearby high school, a man in a car rolled down his window and yelled “Slut!” at me. He sped away quickly leaving me stunned at the side of the road. As I kept walking thoughts like “well my dress is quite short and I guess you can’t see from far away that I’m wearing shorts underneath” and “I probably should have worn leggings” flooded my mind. As a feminist and activist I was distraught by my own thoughts and felt overwhelmed with emotion. Our society is so messed up that I was criticizing myself and not the creep that had just yelled at me! By the time I got to school I was crying and the reactions I got from friends were little help. When I told my friend the story she told me not to worry about it because she knew that I wasn’t a slut. That’s not the point; no one should be slut-shamed or street harassed!
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