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  • Personally, I don’t experience cat-calling (there was an article about this in the City Paper, too) in Petworth to the same extent that I did when I lived in Adams-Morgan. Though it has happened to me when I’ve been walking home from the Metro. One time some guys in an SUV made a U-turn so they could follow me down the street; that was scary.

  • I seem to be dissenting a lot up here lately (as well as getting dangerously close to being one of those people who spends too much time posting on people’s blogs. . . ) but as a pregnant woman, I keep telling my husband that there’s nothing like Petworth to keep up a pregnant lady’s morale. Which is to say I do without a doubt get whistled at regularly, but always in a friendly, non-threatening manner. I learned long ago (and I agree with Christina that Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights is MUCH worse for this sort of thing) that a smile and a wave back without slowing one’s pace is an easy way to handle any cat call. It both makes me feel like I’m not being imposed upon or threatened, since I’m in control and acknowledging it, and — surprisingly — the wave doesn’t encourage any more attention.

  • Ok, having written my comment and THEN read the Don’t Be Silent piece — I would like to make it clear that I’m obviously talking about a more cheerful kind of cat call than the block-you-in-the-street-kind described there. Clearly the latter is unacceptable. And, no, I haven’t experienced that here, though I certainly have in other countries and even other neighborhoods in DC.

  • Karen, as we live in a diverse community we will naturally have diverse opinions. And of course this is encouraged. Congratulations on your pregnancy. If you would like to be featured as a profile of a Petworthian, I’d love to talk to you about your experiences. If so, please email me directly if not please continue to dissent without regret!

  • The City Paper cover story on the subject was interesting for several reasons, including the author’s interviews with the harassers. Further, the article expounded the extent to which is not one race (i.e., black) which the first posting here tends to suggest, but, rather, other races, too.

  • I never suggested that all Black men are harassers, only that most of my harassers tend to be Black males. It is a problem I cannot ignore being that I am a Black female. That is my personal experience alone and I can only speak for myself. Also, many people contribute to the site as well, and their experiences in dealing with harassment are varied.

    And here is the follow-up post on “Does race play a factor?”

    Please read beyond in between the lines.

  • I live in Cleveland Park, but a good friend of mine lived in Petworth for a year. She said she got catcalled/harassed most days on her three-block walk to the metro station, but that it rarely felt threatening.

  • I definitely get way too much male attention walking in Petworth/Columbia Heights (I live between the two). I take the bus on 14th St, and even in the morning, I get the local alcoholics trying to talk to me, from good mornings (which sounds harmless but they’ve got a gross tone to them) to declarations of love, telling me I’m sexy/beautiful etc. Whenever I go to the Petworth metro, I get it too. I agree with the person that posted though that the scariest thing is when guys in cars slow down/u-turn to keep trying to talk to you. I try to keep my cool about all the attention, but it is too much sometimes and makes me feel unsafe since I have to walk alone to my house.

  • Hi Prince of Petworth — I just noticed your comment back to me. . . and I’m sure there is some easy and obvious way for me to e-mail you directly, but I’m not finding it, so am posting a response here. Feel free to send me a note. (You can click on my blogger profile, click on the second blog, and then there is a “write us” button to the left that will get you to me. . . ) — Karen

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