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Yeah, sorry to hear about that. It’s not just kids, though. Last year, my partner and I were walking our three dogs in Petworth and this older man approached us and started yelling at us about why we have so many dogs and no children, and who is going to take care of us when we are old. Given that we have three adult children, my partner yelled back at him something along the lines of “you’re making some pretty big assumptions!” I’ve also been harrassed on the metro by a gang of adolescents (including an extremely effeminate young man) asking if I’m “a dude or a lady – hahaha.” That turned into a horrible scene on the train when a couple of passengers confronted them in my defense and they surrounded a woman, put gum in her hair, and generally scared the crap out of the other passengers on the train. It only calmed down when an older man stepped in and told them to settle down, and they surprisingly listened.
I do think a level-headed confrontation is the proper response. Maybe, just maybe, a little bit of behavior change will result that may save others in the future from the same treatment.